Angry firefighters accused of trashing Montreal city hall

A Surete du Quebec police car sits outside the doors of Montreal City Hall in this February 19,...

A Surete du Quebec police car sits outside the doors of Montreal City Hall in this February 19, 2013 file photo. (Reuters/Christinne Muschi)

Dave Kaufman, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 1:18 PM ET

MONTREAL -- Montreal police said Friday they will recommend that 44 city employees be charged with unlawful assembly, assault and mischief after a group of angry firefighters broke into city hall on August 18 and vandalized several rooms, including the city council chambers.

At a Friday news conference, Montreal police Chief Marc Parent said that some charges will be laid against civilian members of the department, however no police officers will be charged. Parent said that police had initially considered having the RCMP investigate the vandalizing of city hall, but decided against it.

"The day after the events at city hall, I immediately began an investigation to shed light on the circumstances that led to the events (there) as well as the way that the police officers who were there handled themselves," said Montreal police Chief Marc Parent in a statement. "In the name of transparency, I have asked internal affairs, our investigative unit, and the Provincial Security Minister to help with our investigation."

It is expected that disciplinary measures will also be taken against the officers who allowed the firefighters to storm into city hall.

The protest at city hall was an attempt by some municipal workers to voice their displeasure over Bill 3, a proposed law that calls for pension reform.

Montreal mayor Denis Coderre is expected to weigh in on the matter at a news conference Friday afternoon.


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