A Montreal police officer has been suspended again, after an already lengthy history of suspensions.
According to the Montreal Gazette, this is the eighth time police constable Éric Locas has been suspended by the police ethics committee since 2014.
The latest 20-day, without pay suspension, is for endangering a woman's life after a routine traffic stop.
What's a guy got to do to get fired around here?
In 2016, Locas pulled a female driver over on Cremazie Blvd after she exited Highway 40. It was 7 AM, but Locas believed that it was too dark to be driving without her headlights on.
The driver disagreed, arguing that it was sunny enough to not need headlights and demanded to know what the appropriate time was for one to turn off their headlights. According to the driver, the exchange got heated and at one point Locas asked her if she was deaf.
“has shown a lack of judgment in many of his decisions and does not seem to learn from his mistakes.” says the judg… https://t.co/U8msAexTRO— Margaret Thompson 🇨🇦🏉👨👩👧👧🐈🐕✈️🌈📚 (@Margaret Thompson 🇨🇦🏉👨👩👧👧🐈🐕✈️🌈📚) 1564444190.0
While the woman protested the fine, Locas placed the ticket under the windshield wiper on the driver's side in an attempt to end the intervention.
A few months after the incident, the woman filed a complaint against Locas claiming his actions made her fear for her safety as she had to exit her vehicle during rush hour traffic, in the middle of winter, to retrieve the ticket.
But the story doesn't end there. After the woman filed her complaint, Locas attempted to call the woman. When he couldn't reach her he left a message on her answering machine.
Locas was suspended for five days by the police ethics committee for being 'careless or careless with regard to the health or safety' of the woman. But it was the phone call that added most of the time. He was given 15 days more for contacting the driver.
«Locas has been sanctioned on seven previous occasions, with the first dating back to November 2000, when Locas was… https://t.co/jHZOODzc53— MarcFrançois Bernier (@MarcFrançois Bernier) 1564486545.0
This is not Locas' first rodeo. He has over 24 years of experience. Since 2002, Locas has been found in violation of the code of ethics in nine different rulings mostly related to maintaining trust, abusing power and failing to collaborate with the administration of justice.
In this particular case, the ethics committee said Locas "knew or ought to have knownit was inappropriate" to contact the complainant.
Most of us, if suspended from a job - any job - more than one or two times, would be unceremoniously fired. Being suspended eight times from the same position is rather mindboggling for those in the private sector.