May 26, 2016 3:27 pm
Updated: May 26, 2016 6:09 pm

Stéfanie Trudeau, ‘Officer 728,’ given 12-month suspended sentence, community service

WATCH ABOVE: Former Montreal police officer, Stéfanie Trudeau, also known as Officer 728, has been given a 12-month suspended sentence and 60 hours of community service for an assault that took place during the student protests of 2012. Global's Elysia Bryan-Baynes reports.

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MONTREAL – Stéfanie Trudeau, better known by her badge number 728, was give a 12-month suspended sentence, as well as 60 hours of community service after being found guilty of assault in relation to a violent arrest in October 2012.

At the Montreal courthouse, lawyers for Trudeau had argued for an absolute or conditional discharge so that she can visit family in the United States.

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The incident was caught on a cellphone video arresting Rudi Orchiette for drinking on the street during the 2012 Maple Spring student protests.

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Trudeau and a trainee approached him and asked him to identify himself.

After he asked why, she forcibly restrained him for refusing to identify himself.

The incident was caught on cellphone video by a friend of Orchiette’s, Serge Lavoie, who is heard insulting the officer in the video.

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Trudeau then chased Lavoie and caught up to him in a stairwell on Papineau Avenue where she arrested him, holding him in a choke-hold as she forced him down the stairs.

The judge ruled that Trudeau had used excessive force when she arrested Lavoie.

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She was suspended shortly after the incident and quit the force in September 2015.

Trudeau is appealing the conviction.

— With a file from La Presse Canadienne

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