No charges for police officer involved in altercation with school staff

A police officer accused of roughing up a school janitor and pepper spraying a female teacher at a Plateau school last week won't be facing criminal charges.

The janitor and teacher, however, are still being charged with interfering with a police officer.

The case is still before the police ethics board, but after a week of investigating, Montreal police won't be pressing any charges against the officer involved.

The incident happened in the late afternoon of June 11 at the Pied de la Montagne school on Pine Ave. E.

Commander Ian Lafreniere of the Montreal police says the officer was responding to an emergency call when he sped by the school.

Janitor Carl Cadieux said the car didn't have its lights or sirens on. That's when he yelled at the officer to slow down,

Lafreniere said that after the emergency was called off the officer pulled a U-turn and returned to confront Cadieux — and then arrested him when he felt threatened.

Later on, teacher Nadia Lessard was pepper sprayed and then arrested after she tried to intervene.

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  1. brooklynfd72 posted on 06/20/2014 06:10 PM
    Some places have the motto "to serve and protect" on their squad cars not "armed and dangerous". What really happened here? If the story of the school employees is true, then this is serious and dangerous wrong doing that is being swept under the rug plus a touch of anti social intimidation by maintaining the charges against them. Shouting is not interfering. What really happened? If it's not true, what is?
  2. Liam posted on 06/20/2014 07:50 PM
    This is pure gobbledygook,,, If the officer wad in such a hurry he haf to blow a red without lights flashing, did he personally cancel the alleged emergency. Looks like the 2 rookies got their own backs via the wall if blue.
    They are accountable for falsifying e ents that happened.
    it is no wonder police officers are targets in the US,,, Montreal cops trying to emulate their US counterparts.
  3. Luc posted on 06/20/2014 11:27 PM
    Montreal police in general have always been guilty of supporting police officers who act like idiots. They should be culled from the force. Really, this cop felt the need to arrest a janitor because he told him to slow down in a school zone? Get a life idiot, and a different career. We pay these guys good money to keep the peace, not to make personal vendettas on people that annoy them personally. And someone should be putting in a freedom of information request for the tapes of the dispatcher's communications with this guy to see if he was really responding to a call and whether speeding was warranted.
  4. steve posted on 06/21/2014 07:48 AM
    No surprise that the pig won\t be facing charges, but do they really think we are that stupid that we would believe any of this story? The "emergency" was called off? What are the odds that it was called off just in time for the thug cop to turn around and go harass someone trying to protect the safety of the children at his school? The the thug cop pepper sprays the female teacher in front of many witnesses and charges her - and the charges stick so as to ad some legitimacy to the cops story. He was threatened by the female teacher he claims. Well I have a great idea, how about not hiring cowards?
  5. Drew posted on 06/21/2014 09:59 AM
    You must realize that the Montreal Police are above the law, They can get free lap dance in the police car and nothings happens. They shoot the homeless nothing happens they can demonstrate without permission nothing happens. They arrested students for what they just did . They can sleep in their police car and get caught on video nothing happens. So if you value your life leave them alone our police are dangerious
  6. Cyberdude posted on 06/21/2014 02:07 PM
    Police require respect to do their jobs properly. With our lap dancer, Perrier spray fanatic Agent 728, the protesting fire starters and this janitor harasser it's fair to say that the Montreal force has a long way to go to earn the respect if the citizenry.
  7. James posted on 06/21/2014 06:29 PM
    I'm sorry, but if it was such an emergency, then why did he stop, make a u-turn and interact with these school faculties right in front of children. Bad call Montreal Police. I think it's time that Denis Coderre launches his own investigation on the SPVM!
  8. kayla posted on 06/22/2014 12:52 AM
    of course! cause cops can do no wrong! its always us who r the bad guys. im starting to wonder y we even have cops. the only ppl we need protecting from is them!
  9. Mike posted on 06/23/2014 03:58 PM
    Just as usual, one rule for us, another for the cops and others in power. Nothing ever changes.
  10. David posted on 06/24/2014 06:08 PM
    Of course the officer felt threatened. The janitor had a wet mop and the teacher a sharp piece of chalk.He should have called for backup.
  11. Joe posted on 06/26/2014 04:13 PM
    Its okay we can jail a lady who stopped for ducks yes people died but is was an accident but these guys beat on a man who threatened them with a broom and then pepper sprayed a teacher just to expand they're chest muscles even more. Once again we will sweep this under that proverbial police probe carpet to never be heard of again.
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