Cop fired for speeding-ticket favouritism

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Cop fired for speeding-ticket favouritism

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[url=http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/sq-officer-turfed-for-speeding-ti... admitted he didn't give tickets to other cops, lawyers and judges[/url]

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A Quebec provincial police officer has been fired for having played favourites when handing out traffic tickets. 

Guy Bélanger was called before Quebec's police ethics board — the Comité de déontologie policière — for a 2013 incident in Prévost, Que., roughly 75 kilometres north of Montreal. 

Bélanger had pulled over two motorcyclists, issuing speeding tickets to both. When one of the motorcyclists identified himself as a police officer, Bélanger took back his ticket, according to the Comité's ruling . 

When the other motorcyclist complained, Bélanger wrote on his ticket "wrong vehicle" in an attempt to render it void as well.  

Bélanger acknowledged that he wrote misleading information on the ticket to avoid embarrassment in front of the other police officer. But he also told the committee that sparing fellow officers traffic tickets was common practice for him. 

"Officer Bélanger testified that, at the time of the events, he generally didn't give tickets to police officers. He testified that he did the same for secretaries, doctors, lawyers and judges," the committee's ruling reads.

This is so strange.

Cops in Québec do horrendous things - from kettling peaceful protesters, to racial profiling, to sexually assaulting Indigenous people - I just thought it odd that a cop would actually be fired for something like this. Of course, it's inconceivable for a cop to actually face criminal charges, but that's another matter.

 

Pondering

I clicked on the thread because I was so surprised to see "cop" and "fired" in the same sentence.

Misfit Misfit's picture

I think this is more commonplace than some may think. I also think without any proof or evidence that young attractive white (blonde) women get fewer tickets and more warnings than others do, but that is just my hunch.

lagatta

I was riding my bicycle yesterday, and yes, I stopped at the red light, but saw a cop car whizzing through. No evidence that they were in hot pursuit of criminal elements... I've also see the bicycle cops do this, more than once. At least one time they were laughing and joking.

And yes, friends of colour do report getting pulled over a lot, even when they had been doing nothing wrong.

Unionist

Pondering wrote:

I clicked on the thread because I was so surprised to see "cop" and "fired" in the same sentence.

Yup - same reason I originally read the story!

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

I think the list of exempt people for this cop was just too long. The police board adjudicator sent a clear message that cops can get away with many things but messing with the revenue stream is not one of them.

Misfit Misfit's picture

Thank you Lagatta. And once I saw three city police cars speed down our Main St. at dangerously high speeds with their lights flashing as if in not pursuit. They blew through all the red lights only to turn into Tim Hortons. I followed them into the doughnut shop to see what all the commotion was about. They went in for their coffee break and nothing more. I routinely see them flash on their lights at stop lights just to proceed through. They often do not appear to be in a hurry, they simply do not want to sit at the red light.

lagatta

Misfit, the other side of this impunity is that I didn't dare tut-tut the bicycle cops as I was dutifully waiting at the light. They'd have surely found something wrong with one of my reflectors, or some other stupid thing...

Another shortcoming of our local police force is its shocking lack of diversity. While the STM (public transport agency) has made very important progress in hiring workers of colour (not just bus and métro drivers, but also mechanics and other groups of workers), the police force has very few visible minorities and other forms of diversity in its ranks - the only serious (and important) progress is that they, like the STM, have a much higher percentage of women than a couple of decades ago.

lagatta

Here's another one: a police officer in Longueuil was suspended for ten after running a red light without his siren, causing a crash which injured the driver and passenger of a Toyota Sonata. The Sonata and the cop car were both totalled.

http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/longueuil-police-officer-susp...

I do tend to think another category of worker might have incurred a harsher penalty...

Unionist

lagatta wrote:

Here's another one: a police officer in Longueuil was suspended for ten after running a red light without his siren, causing a crash which injured the driver and passenger of a Toyota Sonata. The Sonata and the cop car were both totalled.

http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/longueuil-police-officer-susp...

I do tend to think another category of worker might have incurred a harsher penalty...

This is shocking! We must not deprive the police of the tools they require to serve and protect the public!!

Like shooting to kill, driving to injure, sexually assaulting Indigenous women, and preventively disabling non-whites and working-class and poor folks before they can carry out their nefarious plots.

Paladin1

When I become a cop I'll ensure to ticket everyone, no exceptions!