MONTREAL – The Crown will use a streamlined process to deal with an assault charge against a Montreal police officer who gained notoriety during Quebec’s student protests.
Const Stefanie Trudeau earned the moniker “Officer 728,” after videos surfaced on the Internet of her allegedly roughing up student demonstrators during the spring of 2012.
Trudeau’s badge number was 728.
Later that year, she was accused of hurting a bystander in an unrelated incident that started with her demanding ID from someone who was sipping beer by an apartment building doorway.
Allegations from that incident resulted in a charge of assault in February 2013.
The Crown indicated Friday it would prosecute Trudeau by way of the summary conviction process rather than as an indictable case.
The summary process means the case is dealt with more quickly because there is no hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to proceed to trial.
The maximum sentence is also lower on a summary conviction.
Trudeau returns to court Feb. 4, 2015.