Scissors-wielding Ottawa cop was one of MRC’s original finest

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by Trevor Greenway on November 25, 2010

Sgt. Steve Desjourdy was an MRC cop in 1996. Ottawa Citizen photo

Sgt. Steve Desjourdy was an MRC cop in 1996. Ottawa Citizen photo

The Ottawa police officer being investigated by the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) for cutting off a female prisoner’s bra with a pair of scissors in 2008 was once an MRC des Collines cop.

Sgt. Steve Desjourdy was one of the original MRC des Collines police officers when the station began operations in the fall of 1996, according to MRC des Collines Police Spokesperson Martin Fournel.

“He was a nice guy,” said Fournel, who added that he never actually worked side by side with Desjourdy. “I never worked with him on the road, because at that time we were not paired up at night.”

The Ottawa Citizen broke the story in mid-November after a judge called the 2008 strip search “an indignity.”

The Ottawa daily reported that Desjourdy, who was the cellblock duty officer at the time of the incident, used a pair of scissors to cut off [name removed due to a publication ban]‘s shirt and bra while other male officers forced her down with a riot shield.

Citizen crime reporter and Chelsea resident, Gary Dimmock, also reports that [name removed due to a publication ban] was left in a cell for three hours, topless with soiled pants. Video of the incident also shows one of the officer’s hands down [name removed due to a publication ban]‘s pants during the altercation.

The incident took place in 2008 when [name removed due to a publication ban] was stopped by officers on Rideau Street. The officers checked out her name and when nothing came up, they let her go. [Name removed due to a publication ban] then turned around and asked for an explanation as to why she was stopped. That’s when the officers arrested her for public intoxication.

[Name removed due to a publication ban] was taken to the police station where Desjourdy claims she mule-kicked another officer, but video of the incident shows otherwise. The Citizen reports that Judge Richard Lajoie said [name removed due to a publication ban] showed “no hint of violence and no hint of being aggressive.”

[Name removed due to a publication ban] was also the victim of violent knee hits to the back, the video showed.

The SIU investigation continues. Meanwhile, [name removed due to a publication ban] is considering suing the Ottawa Police, according to the Citizen.

Desjourdy is no stranger to controversy, as he pleaded guilty to the Police Services Act last year for kicking and using a Taser stun gun on another female prisoner days before the incident with [name removed due to a publication ban].