Stéfanie Trudeau, ‘Officer 728,’ given 12-month suspended sentence, community service
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.
The incident was caught on a cellphone video arresting Rudi Orchiette for drinking on the street during the 2012 Maple Spring student protests.
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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