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Montreal police chief Philippe Pichet suspends assistant chief Bernard Lamothe

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WATCH ABOVE: Police Chief Philippe Pichet tells anchor Elysia Bryan-Baynes why he suspended assistant police chief Bernard Lamothe first thing Friday morning. It can be added to ‘Montreal police say assistant police chief temporarily relieved from duties’ – Mar 3, 2017

Montreal police chief Philippe Pichet confirmed that assistant police chief, Bernard Lamothe, has been temporarily relieved of his duties.

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“This morning I had some specific information related to Mr. Lamothe, there are some files open,” said Pichet.

“I decided to relieve him from his function to give time for the investigation to make light of the situation.”

Lamothe’s suspension comes a week after the Quebec government broadened its investigation into allegations of wrongdoing within the Montreal police force.

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A probe was launched after two former organized crime investigators appeared on a TV show and accused the force of corruption and fabricating evidence against lower-ranking officers.

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The police chief would not confirm that Lamothe’s suspension is related to these allegations.

Earlier Friday, Public Security Minister Martin Coiteux named a former deputy justice minister to lead the administrative probe.

This minister will work from within the SPVM to not only look into the allegations, but also the entire process of how internal investigations are handled.

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Coiteux said the inquiry is progressing but it would take time to shed light on the situation.

“We take all of these allegations very seriously,” the minister said.

“It is no longer only the SQ involved, there is also the RCMP and other municipal police forces.”

Coiteux also called upon police chief Pichet to present an action plan as to what he intends to do to deal with the allegations going forward.

– With files from The Canadian Press

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