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Mississauga News - June 13, 2007 - By Louie Rosella, firstname.lastname@example.org
Two more Peel officers disciplined today
Peel Regional Police Staff Supt. Blair Foley
Two more Peel Regional Police officers were disciplined today for their roles in an after hours booze bash last summer in which two men who had videotaped the outdoor drinking party were chased down by the off-duty officers.
Csts. Jason Ross and Erin Korslick must work seven and six days, respectively, without pay. The penalties were recommended by both Peel police lawyer Linda Bordeleau and the agent for the officers, Bob Baltin.
Staff Supt. Blair Foley, the officer heading the disciplinary hearing, gave his ruling on Wednesday afternoon.
The two officers are the last of 24 Peel officers to be disciplined as part of the internal affairs investigation, believed to be the largest ever in the province in terms of the number of officers charged.
Ross and Korslick pleaded guilty to discreditable conduct charges laid under the Police Services Act. They admitted to consuming alcohol in a public place while off-duty and failed to follow proper procedure when detaining and questioning the two men.
Bordeleau said several officers failed to properly identify themselves to the men, and didn't explain to them why they were being detained.
Ten of the officers have been disciplined internally, 10 more have been ordered to work between four and seven days without pay and two have been demoted. The probe was sparked last September when Richard Cimpoesu, 24, and Orlando Canizalez, 20, came forward with allegations.
They claim they were chased down and punched about the head and body in the early morning hours of Aug. 28, 2006 after several officers who were drinking beer and acting rowdy behind Ethan Allen furniture store on Dundas St. W. caught the men videotaping them.
The men say they suffered severe bruising in the alleged attack, and they also claim they were threatened to tell the officers where the camera was and to turn it over. Police didn't find the video camera, and the two men later recovered it in nearby bushes, they said.
Canizalez and Cimpoesu have filed a $12-million lawsuit against Peel police.
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