MONTREAL - No formal complaint has yet been filed over a headline-grabbing incident involving a Montreal police officer, says one of the principal people involved.
One of parties to the incident tells The Canadian Press that he hasn't filed a complaint against the officer best known as Const. "No. 728" — because he's not convinced the police disciplinary system works.
Rudi Ochietti said the fact that officer, Stefanie Trudeau, has continued to patrol despite multiple ethics complaints in the past demonstrates there is a systemic problem within the police force and a culture of circling the wagons.
Trudeau has been suspended, pending a disciplinary investigation, now that video and audio of the Oct. 2 incident have surfaced in the media.
The footage shows a forceful, profanity-laced arrest during a dispute that started with Ochietti drinking a beer in front of an apartment building.
Cellphone recordings caught images of Ochietti's arrest and that of another man who was dragged down the stairs in a choke hold.
Audio captured by a cell phone also heard a voice, identified as Trudeau, unleashing expletives and derogatory comments about artists, protesters, musicians and dwellers of a trendy downtown Montreal neighbourhood.
Trudeau described the people on the scene as, among many other things, "rats," prompting an apology from police chief Marc Parent.
But on Friday Ochietti said he and three other people arrested that night still face charges including intimidating a police officer, assault and obstruction of justice.
Meanwhile, the incident has provoked a torrent of outrage against Trudeau. Media reports have scrutinized her past, with one even quoting an old elementary-school classmate unflatteringly describing her behaviour and vocabulary as a child.
There have even been online death threats against the officer, and her home address has been published on the Internet.
One of the people involved in the Oct. 2 incident has issued a statement expressing displeasure with the public pile-on and urging people to remain peaceful.