March 22, 2014 10:18 am
Updated: April 1, 2014 10:31 am

Montreal’s officer 728 charged with assault

Montreal Const. 728, Stefanie Trudeau, makes an arrest in an image taken from a 2012 video.

HO, ICI Radio-Canada/The Canadian Press

MONTREAL – A Montreal police officer best known by her badge number has been charged with simple assault in connection with a highly publicized arrest caught on video.

The Crown says the charge against Stefanie Trudeau stems from an arrest in October 2012 that started with a man drinking beer outdoors.

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The arrest became highly publicized after a video of it went viral and was widely shown in the media.

Video and audio recordings pointed to a forceful, profanity-laced arrest of a friend of the man who was accused of drinking.

Trudeau’s badge number of 728 was first seen during a student protest earlier in 2012 when a video showed an officer liberally pepper-spraying demonstrators.

The Crown decided there was not enough evidence to lay charges in that incident.

Trudeau’s arraignment is scheduled for May 6.

© 2014 The Canadian Press

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