Assault charges dropped for police officer arrested in July 2021
Gatineau police (SPVG) announced that the assault charge against a fellow officer has been dropped by the Directeur des poursuites criminelles et pénales (DPCP).
The incident occured July 19, 2021 when officers were called following an argument between ex-spouses in which the individual allegedly committed an assault. The officer, a man in his 30s was arrested then released with the promise to appear to all follow up dates and respect the conditions in place. Specifically, he was prohibited from communicating with the victim. The officer was not on duty at the time of the incident. In a press release on July 20, 2021 the SPVG states that the officer in question was relieved of his duties and was assigned to administrative tasks for an indefinite period.
On August 5 the SPVG announced that the DPCP authorized a charge of assault (section 266b) of the Criminal Code) against the police officer. Without any further explanation, the charges have been by the DPCP. According to the SPVG the officer is still an employee in the police service, noting that they cannot explain the reasons for the dropped charges as it is the DPCP who made the final decision.
The name of the officer has not been disclosed.