Calgary Police Commission to initiate review of internal process that resulted in Chu’s discipline – .

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Calgary Police Commission to initiate review of internal process that resulted in Chu’s discipline – .


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The Calgary Police Commission will undertake a review of the internal disciplinary process that led to the council. Sean Chu was convicted of improper conduct while serving as a city police officer.

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Explosive allegations against Chu involving inappropriate contact with a minor in 1997 surfaced just days before the municipal elections and sparked calls for the councilor’s resignation.

On Thursday, Chu rejected those appeals, telling a press conference that he intended to continue serving as Ward 4 councilor.

Police commission chairman Bonita Croft said in a statement to Postmedia that the watchdog has been called upon to deal with the matter.

“There are limits to what the Calgary Police Service and the Commission can do under the Police Act due to the retirement of Councilor Chu from the Police Service,” Croft wrote.

“What the Commission can and will do, however, is undertake a review of the internal disciplinary process conducted at the time of the events in question. The Commission expects that all investigations into the conduct of police officers will be completed and that all decisions relating to that conduct will be made with full regard to the findings of the investigation. We will ensure that the process in this case is complete. ”

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The review comes as some elected officials and voters have expressed outrage at the allegations, first reported by CBC, and the fact that Chu’s track record with the service has remained unknown for more than two decades as he left behind him a career in the police for one in politics.

Questions were also raised about the investigation and disciplinary process that resulted in Chu’s conviction on one count of misconduct, despite multiple appeals from the complainant, who was a teenager at the time, by the intermediary with the Law Enforcement Review Board (LERB) and the Alberta Court of Appeal.

Postmedia reviewed two LERB ​​decisions that show complaints were filed against Chu in 1998 for an alleged sexual assault and threats that allegedly took place at his home in August 1997.

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At the time, according to Calgary Police Chief Mark Neufeld, there was a criminal investigation by the Sex Crimes Unit, which was turned over to an outside Crown who did not recommend charges.

LERB documents suggest that the teenager who reported the alleged assault was concerned about the time it took to get a response to her complaints; when she went to the walk-in police station to seek information, she was not greeted warmly and was questioned as to why she was there.

The teen wrote to the police commission in January 1998 to express concerns about the investigation and how she had been treated.

She ultimately accused the service of cover-up and misconduct on the part of investigators.

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A 1999 LERB ​​ruling dismissed the cover-up allegation, but found the investigation incomplete and ordered a service investigation under the Police Act to determine whether there had been misconduct in the fact that Chu brought the teenager to his residence in the wee hours of the morning of August 12. , 1997, or any misconduct in his actions at the residence.

Following a lengthy disciplinary hearing, Chu was convicted of one count of misconduct.

The reprimand remained on his record until January 2008 – the same year Chu ran as a provincial candidate for the Progressive Conservative Party in Calgary-Buffalo; he lost the seat to Liberal candidate Kent Hehr.

Neufeld said in a statement Wednesday that he believes the allegations were taken seriously and followed the process in place at the time.

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“I want to be clear; since this incident happened, our processes have evolved, ”said Neufeld. “If that were to happen today, the province would be notified through the Director of Law Enforcement. The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team would then conduct an independent investigation.

Croft said commission members were surprised and shocked by the allegations and findings of misconduct against Chu.

“Sexual assault and abuse of power are serious allegations, and even more so when they involve a vulnerable person and someone placed in a position of authority and trust by the community,” Croft wrote.

The commission will also support the police in implementing changes to build trust and transparency, Croft said. “We know that improvements have been made to these processes over the past few months and that more needs to be done. We are committed to continuing to monitor critical changes. “

The commission said it was also aware of calls for Municipal Affairs Minister Ric McIver to consider the review of the Municipal Government Act with the aim of “ensuring transparency” of the backgrounds of all officials. candidates.

“We support these calls for greater community responsibility on the part of all who run for public office. “

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