Police ethics committee sanctions Montreal officer for eighth time

The Quebec police ethics committee is suspending Const. Éric Locas for 20 days without pay after he neglected a woman’s safety during a traffic stop, then contacted her after she filed a complaint against him.

This is the eighth time that the committee has ruled against Locas, finding him in violation of the ethics code by which all Quebec officers must abide.

While Quebec’s ethics commissioner initially recommended the penalty last September, the veteran SPVM officer and his lawyers argued that a two-day suspension would be a “more reasonable” punishment, prompting the police ethics committee to review the case. In an ethics report published on July 18, committee judge Pierre Drouin sided with the commissioner, imposing the 20-day suspension and saying that Locas “has shown a lack of judgment in many of his decisions and does not seem to learn from his mistakes.”

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