When police become suspects

Le Devoir’s investigative duo of Améli Pineda and Stéphanie Vallet looked into incidences of sexual or domestic violence by police and found that half the criminal charges faced by police officers in the last five years were connected with domestic or sexual violence – a rate twice that of the general population.

They also investigated what happens when a police officer is accused of domestic or sexual violence – and, often, the officer is able to shake off the accusations with a promise of good behaviour.

Tuesday, a further piece by the duo looks at how police close ranks in solidarity with colleagues accused of crime.