Ottawa cop who cut off woman’s bra should be demoted: Lawyer

Ottawa Police Sgt. Steven Desjourdy leaves the Ottawa court house in Ottawa Monday Sept 24, 2012....

Ottawa Police Sgt. Steven Desjourdy leaves the Ottawa court house in Ottawa Monday Sept 24, 2012. Desjourdy is charged in the cellblock sex assault case of an Ottawa woman. Tony Caldwell/Ottawa Sun/QMI Agency

Megan Gillis, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:43 PM ET

OTTAWA — The Ottawa police sergeant found guilty of discreditable conduct for leaving a woman topless in a cell for hours after her bra was cut off should be demoted to constable for six months, a prosecutor argued Thursday.

There's still no explanation as to why Sgt. Steven Desjourdy acted as he did in September 2008, prosecutor Bob Houston said, point out that Desjourdy's explanation that he thought the woman was suicidal was rejected at a disciplinary hearing.

Houston pointed to an incident days earlier in which Desjourdy kicked and twice used a Taser on another intoxicated woman who spat at and grabbed cellblock officers. In that case, Desjourdy was demoted for 90 days.

But defence lawyer Michael Edelson argued for five days loss of pay and/or a reprimand, saying the now-notorious incident was a lapse in judgment by an exceptional officer with glowing performance reviews and letters from supervisors and the public commending him.


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