EPS officer fired after investigation finds he punched a suspect in 2008
Published Monday, May 27, 2013 5:49PM MDT Last Updated Monday, May 27, 2013 6:25PM MDT
After a disciplinary hearing Monday, an Edmonton police officer with more than ten years on the force was fired for his role in an incident dating back five years.
Constable Frank Quaidoo was charged with two counts of deceit, and one count of unlawful or unnecessary exercise of authority – in connection to an incident that unfolded at Eastglen High School in May 2008.
That day, police said a school resource officer had been knocked unconscious – and police responded to the scene.
Two people were arrested, and one of them later accused Quaidoo of punching him in the head, while he was in the back of a police cruiser.
Most recently, the Police Commission proved the three charges on May 3 – which he punched a suspect and then tried to cover it up.
Quaidoo’s termination is a disappointing development for the Police Association, and the Edmonton Police Service.
“Anytime we have an officer dismissed from the service, it impacts us all,” EPS Deputy Chief Brian Simpson said. “The rules are very clear and our integrity as police is paramount to our operation in the community.
“Our credibility with the community, with the courts, is a very serious issue and we are addressing it as a service.”
According to the Police Association, Quaidoo continued working for EPS up until about a month ago, when he was suspended without pay.
“It’s been a long time coming,” Walsh said. “It’s been a number of years that he’s been sitting on pins and needles.”
The association said Quaidoo will be speaking with a lawyer to find out his options in terms of an appeal.
With files from Brenna Rose