Hearing date set for five suspended officers

A hearing date is now set for April 27 for the five suspended Lethbridge police officers accused of creating and distributing offensive memes of LPS brass. During this professional conduct hearing, officers will enter a plea for alleged misconduct. Four officers each face six charges under the Alberta Police Act and another is charged with two additional offences. The charges include counts of discreditable conduct, three counts of insubordination and one neglect of duty charge.

The five officers are currently suspended with pay for allegedly distributing memes that depicted the former LPS administration in a negative light. Meanwhile, Chief Shahin Mehdizadeh has until April 16 to submit a plan to Alberta Justice Minister Kaycee Madu which would address reformation of the force going forward. Madu has said he would take action to dissolve LPS if he doesn’t see this plan by the April 16 deadline.

Jeannette Rocher

Born in Puerto Rico, raised in Minnesota and Manitoba, Jeannette has had the opportunity to live in a variety of places including New York, Arizona, and Nevada. After completing college and a paid internship with CBC Winnipeg, Jeannette embarked on her journalism career by moving overseas to take a job on the island of Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands. While overseas she covered stories in Fiji, Guam and Japan including the 2011 tsunami that hit Japan and its surrounding islands. She covered a mass shooting, an Earth quake, murder cases and other substantial court cases. In 2013 she moved to Alberta where she covered the devastating floods of High River and Medicine Hat for CTV News. She then went on to produce and host Go! Southern Alberta for Shaw TV. She now calls Miracle Channel home. In addition to reporting in the field, you can catch her anchoring daily weather reports, as well as longer interview segments on BCN, and the week-in-review show on BCN Weekends. 

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