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Mississauga News - Mar 6, 2007 - By Louie Rosella
Peel police hit with $12M lawsuit
Two Mississauga men have filed a $12 million lawsuit against the Peel Regional Police force over allegations they were assaulted after they videotaped off-duty officers boozing it up behind a Mississauga plaza last summer.
The lawsuit names Peel Chief of Police Mike Metcalf along with 26 other officers. It was filed in Ontario court this week by William Bain, the lawyer for 24-year-old Richard Cimpoesu and Orlando Canizalez, 20.
In the lawsuit's statement of claim, the men say they were chased down and assaulted by the officers who caught the men videotaping them drinking beer and acting in a rowdy manner behind the Ethan Allen furniture store on Dundas St. W.
The lawsuit also names Supt. John Nielsen and Insp. Bryan Adams, who were the senior officers in charge of 11 Division at the time of the incident, alleging they were responsible for the "control and discipline" of their officers.
The lawsuit claims several officers watched as other officers detained and assaulted the young men. It also alleges the men were threatened with further physical harm if they told anyone what had happened.
After the incident became public, the lawsuit claims, the men were followed, harassed and intimidated by Peel officers.
It's also alleged that police tried to cover up the incident, and attempted to bring false charges against the men.
None of these allegations have been proven in court.
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