A police officer sued for 1.16 million $

News 13 December, 2017
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    The police officer of the Sûreté du Québec, Guillaume St-Louis was convicted in the criminal, and will return to Court in February for oral arguments on the sentence.

    Michael Nguyen

    Wednesday, 13 December 2017 20:05

    Wednesday, 13 December 2017 20:05

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    A police officer of the Sûreté du Québec guilty of having beaten up a motorist in front of the little girl of this latter will now have to defend the civil, where he continued to 1.16 million $.

    “The applicant’s life Alexandre Hébert has been completely turned upside down. He suffered a major depression, a syndrome of post-traumatic stress disorder, and loss of enjoyment of life, ” say the lawyers of the victim in a suit obtained by The Journal de Montreal.

    The events unfolded on the morning of December 9, 2014, while Alexandre Hébert brought his daughter of 11 months at the nursery. During the trip, however, it was intercepted by the police officer Guillaume St-Louis in order to verify the legality of the tinted windows of the vehicle.

    Dramatic turn

    But the control has quickly taken a dramatic turn when Mr. Hébert explained that he did not have his identity papers, one can read in the document filed with the Québec superior Court.

    “Quickly, the apprehension has turned into armed aggression […], says the civil lawsuit. [The officer] used his asp baton and pepper spray, all without any legitimate reason. “

    The victim suffered multiple injuries to the head and shins, and a fracture of the index.

    Life is turned upside down

    Following this intervention, Mr. Hebert had been charged with assault, threats, and obstruction, but he was later released of all charges. The policeman, on his side, had been accused of assault causing lesions. He was found guilty last Friday, and the submissions on the penalty to impose will be held in February.

    But at the same time to a criminal proceeding, Mr. Hebert wants to force the police and the SQ to compensate him for his life which would have been transformed.

    In addition to his depression, the victim has had to take on “multiple charges related to his health care” and stop his work as a sheet metal worker, says the court document.

    The mother of Mr. Hébert has also been affected, since it is she who had to act as moral support for his son, in addition to having to remove a portion of his pension fund to help financially, according to the civil lawsuit.

    As the matter is before the courts, the SQ did not want to comment on.