Cop guilty of ethics breaches, commission rules

Cop guilty of ethics breaches, commission rules


Police Ethics Committee ruling (available in French only)

The Quebec Police Ethics Committee has ruled that Constable Jonathan Roy - one of two Montreal police officers involved in a 2005 shooting by police that claimed the life of Mohamed Anas Bennis - committed five breaches of police ethics during an incident in the Plaza Côte des Neiges shopping centre in early 2008.

Roy abused his authority when he used unjustified force against Kenny Andrew Hopkinson, illegally detained him and arrested him, the tribunal ruled in a 15-page judgment rendered June 2. It was made available Monday.

During the incident, which took place on March 31, 2008, Hopkinson was forced to the ground, the tribunal said, and punched twice in the face by the constable. Roy bit one of Hopkinson's fingers before pepper-spraying him, the tribunal said.

The incident took place in the presence of Hopkinson's mother, Sybil Adolphus. It followed the arrest - in which Roy was involved - of Hopkinson's brother a week earlier.

Hopkinson, who was jailed overnight, then freed on $100 bail, pursued his complaint assisted by the Centre for Research-Action on Race Relations.

The tribunal concluded that Constable Daniel Dubuc, Roy's partner during the incident, "saw and heard more than he testified about."

In the 2005 incident, Bennis, 25, was shot by Constable Yannick Bernier as Bennis was returning home from a mosque. Bennis was alleged to have attacked the officer with a kitchen knife.

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