Thursday, May 26, 2016

Montreal police officer who pepper-sprayed students found guilty of assault - Update

Former Montreal police officer Stéfanie Trudeau 'Matricule 728' has been handed a 12-month suspended sentence and will do 60 hours of community service for assaulting a man four years ago. Trudeau, widely known as "Officer 728" because of her badge number, was found guilty of assault in February for using excessive force while arresting Serge Lavoie outside his Plateau–Mont-Royal home in October 2012.

Following the incident, she was suspended from the force before she resigned in September 2015 after nearly two decades. She is appealing the conviction.
Stéfanie Trudeau was found guilty yesterday of assault for an excessively violent arrest she made three years ago.
Trudeau, 43, was a supervising constable with the Montreal police on Oct. 2, 2012, and was training a new young recruit, Constable Kevin Henri, when they approached Rudi Occhietti, 49, for holding an open bottle of beer on a public sidewalk — a municipal infraction.

Within a matter of minutes, the situation degenerated into the assault of Occhietti’s friend, Serge Lavoie, 52, because he questioned how Trudeau was doing her job.

Trudeau was infamous Agent 728 or Matricule 728 who was captured on video pepper-spraying students protesting against proposed tuition hikes.

Stéfanie Trudeau
Trudeau threatened to arrest Lavoie for obstruction and Lavoie ran back inside the studio to get away from her. She chased him into the studio, grabbed him at the top of a stairway, dragged him downward and pinned his face to one of the bottom steps.

The judge characterized what she did in those moments as “brutal and dangerous"