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.