The police officer Gobeil acquitted

Le policier Gobeil acquitté

Officers of the Sûreté du Québec Maxime Gobeil has been found not guilty of dangerous driving causing the death of three people, in July 2015, Dolbeau-Mistassini.

A few stories involving police officers of the police Service of Saguenay (SPS) or the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) have caught the attention in 2018.

On December 19, the judge Pierre Simard, of the Court of Québec rendered its verdict in the case Gobeil. The magistrate considered that the conduct of the police Gobeil was not a marked difference with another officer who would have been placed in the same situation.

Maxime Gobeil has stamped the vehicle of Georges Martel, who was accompanied by Louiselle Laroche and Cecile Lalancette, while he was heading on an emergency call priority 1, Sainte-Jeanne-d’arc. A lady was a victim of domestic violence, and was obliged to take refuge in his room in the company of a toddler for two months, fearing her spouse.

After a trial of seven days, the judge Simard has pronounced a verdict of acquittal on the three counts of the indictment.

It seems that the Director of criminal and penal prosecutions (DPCP) would not have the intent to appeal the decision.

But before considering a return to work, the police officer Gobeil will have to go through the discipline committee, which will analyse whether a sanction should be imposed.

Le policier Gobeil acquitté

Dany Harvey has signed an agreement out of court in his lawsuit against Québec city and the Saguenay. The details remain confidential.



In addition, the agent Dany Harvey, the SPS, had filed a lawsuit of $ 350,000 to the Attorney general of Quebec and the Saguenay, but the civil trial has never taken place.

The parties came to an agreement out of court, which it is not permitted to disclose the contents.

It seems that the police officer would have received the equivalent of $ 130,000 in cash and leave as compensation following a trial where he was accused of simple assault. He had been acquitted.


However, the police officer Philippe Lajoie has been suspended without pay for three months after having been found guilty, of criminal assault on an individual in a state of intoxication.

The agent Lajoie had used a larger force than necessary to subdue a man with a drink in the parking lot of the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi (UQAC). To the criminal, he got an absolute discharge and paid a $ 500 donation. It has also been able to keep his job in the police de Saguenay.

No charges

In another order of ideas, police officers from the SQ had not been charged in connection with the death of Dave Smith, in march 2016, Dolbeau-Mistassini. The individual had fled the officers, who were trying to arrest him in relation to a criminal offence, and he had even pulled out a firearm and fired in the direction of the patrol. They were replicated, but Tremblay was able to escape them.

This is at a time where he tried to enter a private residence, armed with a rifle, an officer managed to stop him taking a bullet in the head.

Same conclusion in the record of Simon Simard, Jonquière, which had threatened to explode a propane tank while he was on the balcony of a house in Jonquière. The individual had held the police in the breath for many hours. In front of the danger, the agents have had to turn it down.