New dates set for police disciplinary case involving councillor
New hearing dates have been set for a disciplinary case against a Hamilton police officer accused of wrongfully stopping Coun. Matthew Green while he waited for a bus last year.
Const. Andrew Pfeifer is facing a discreditable conduct charge in connection with Green’s complaint about the stop at Victoria Avenue South and Stinson Street on April 26, 2016.
Green, who is black, has said he was looking at his phone when he was stopped and asked about who he was and what he was doing there. Green alleged the officer’s confrontational tone changed when he realized Green was a city councillor.
The Hamilton Police Association has said Pfiefer was checking Green’s well-being and that stop had nothing to do with race.
Green parted ways with civil rights lawyer Selwyn Pieters in March and is now being represented by Jennifer Zdriluk and Wade Poziomka.
During a brief teleconference Tuesday, hearing dates in August were cancelled at Zdriluk’s request because of scheduling issues. The case has been rescheduled for the Sept. 11, 12, 14 and 15 at the Sheraton Hamilton. Dates to hear about motions related to the cases have also been moved from June to July 20 and 21 at the Sheraton Hamilton.
Ward 3 councillor Matthew Green