Former Montreal police chief Philippe Pichet sues to get his job back

Former Montreal police chief Philippe Pichet sues to get his job back
Former Montreal police chief Philippe Pichet sues to get his job back

The lawsuit calls for Pichet to be reinstated and compensated for whatever benefits he lost related to his suspension.

Montreal Gazette

Updated: June 1, 2018

Montreal Police chief Philippe Pichet speaking to the media in Montreal Monday October 31, 2016. (John Mahoney / MONTREAL GAZETTE) John Mahoney / Montreal Gazette

Philippe Pichet has filed a lawsuit against the city of Montreal and the province’s public security ministry, demanding his reinstatement as police chief and contending his suspension last December was neither explained nor justified.

Pichet, who was named police chief in 2015 by then mayor Denis Coderre, was suspended with salary Dec. 6, 2017 in the wake of a scathing, government-ordered report detailing an apparently dysfunctional police command structure riven by personal and professional rivalries as well troubling questions about the management of its internal affairs division. The report also questioned Pichet’s leadership and doubted his ability to correct the situation.

Despite the contents of that report, Pichet, according to his lawsuit, was never the object of any reproach from the public security ministry and, despite repeated requests, never received any explanation for his suspension.

Pichet also maintains he never accepted the position as head of security for the city of Montreal’s public installations, saying in his lawsuit the job had been “imposed” on him two months after his suspension because reporters were asking questions about the duration of his suspension.

The lawsuit calls for Pichet to be reinstated to his post and compensated for whatever benefits he lost related to his suspension.

Both Public Security Minister Martin Coiteux and Mayor Valérie Plante have said the suspension was based on the government report’s findings and the necessity of re-establishing public trust in the Montreal force.

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