Montreal police officers suspended for violent arrest of political activist

A Montreal police officer has been suspended for eight days for the violent arrest of a political activist who briefly lost consciousness after being tackled to the ground.

Constable Paul Jr. Morin used excessive force when he barrelled into Jennifer Paquette as she stood with her hands in the air, the Quebec police ethics committee has ruled.

Paquette, 33, suffered a head injury and a neck sprain in the 2014 incident, which happened in a parking lot across the street from the Montreal courthouse.

Morin, a 16-year veteran, received a five-day suspension without pay for “the seriousness of his misconduct,” the ethics committee ruled.

He was suspended an additional three days for the arbitrary arrest and illegal detention of Paquette that night.

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