Officers sanctioned: CEO's sister roughed up

Quebec's police ethics commission has sanctioned three Montreal officers for roughing up the sister...

Quebec's police ethics commission has sanctioned three Montreal officers for roughing up the sister of media baron Pierre Karl Peladeau in broad daylight. PHOTO ARCHIVES/JOURNAL DE MONTRÉAL/QMI Agency

Brian Daly, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:13 PM ET

Quebec's police ethics commission has sanctioned three Montreal officers for roughing up the sister of media baron Pierre Karl Peladeau in broad daylight.

The October 2005 incident was broadcast live by a news chopper belonging to the Peladeau family's Quebecor empire, owner of QMI Agency and Sun Media.

The woman who was arrested was Anne-Marie Peladeau, sister of former Quebecor CEO Pierre Karl Peladeau.

Police had responded to a call about a cigarette heist in east-end Montreal, where a man and woman fled in a car.

Officer Roberto Sforza intercepted the vehicle, tried to yank the keys from the ignition and pulled his gun, reads the report issued Wednesday.

Peladeau tried to stab Sforza with a syringe and the car sped off, hitting officer Nicola Cavaliere before colliding with several other vehicles and coming to a stop.

A third officer, Mike Mezzacappa, arrested Kennedy while officer Cavaliere immobilized Peladeau on the ground as she resisted, reads the report.

The news chopper then began broadcasting as officer Sforza roughed Peladeau up and shoved her into a cruiser.

"The (Commission) believes that agent Sforza violated the Code of Ethics by giving a strong push to Mrs. Peladeau's shoulder when he wanted her to get into the police car," reads the report.

"She then hit her head on the door frame. The shove was unnecessary and excessive and an abuse of authority."

The case against officer Sforza has since been dropped "because of his health and for humanitarian considerations," said the commission.

The commission will decide later on the officers' punishment.

 


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