Po­lice chief con­cerned over al­le­ga­tions of fab­ri­cated ev­i­dence

Cape Breton Post - - CANADA / WORLD -

Mon­treal’s po­lice chief ad­mit­ted Wed­nes­day he’s con­cerned that al­le­ga­tions in­ves­ti­ga­tors fab­ri­cated ev­i­dence will un­der­mine pub­lic con­fi­dence in the force.

Philippe Pichet says he acted quickly by ask­ing pro­vin­cial po­lice to look into the al­le­ga­tions, which sur­faced in a re­port broad­cast Tues­day night on French-lan­guage net­work TVA.

“Cit­i­zens have to keep con­fi­dence in the po­lice depart­ment, so it’s very im­por­tant for me to take ac­tion to elim­i­nate all grey zones around that sit­u­a­tion,” he said in an in­ter­view with The Cana­dian Press.

Two ex-Mon­treal po­lice of­fi­cers said on the pro­gram that mem­bers of the force fab­ri­cated ev­i­dence against them to stop them from com­ing for­ward with proof of cor­rup­tion they al­legedly dis­cov­ered in 2012.

Jimmy Cac­chione and Gio­vanni Di Feo de­scribed them­selves as whistle­blow­ers who were pre­par­ing to go pub­lic with the al­le­ga­tions when they were sus­pended with­out pay in June 2013 fol­low­ing an in­ter­nal dis­ci­plinary in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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