Lethbridge police chief allegedly threatened MP and journalist

Recent documents obtained by CBC News indicate that, according to an anonymous informant, it would be the chief of police, Shahin Mehdizadeh.

The documents include correspondence between Ms Phillips’ lawyer, Michael Bates, and the chairman of the Lethbridge Police Commission, Rob VanSpronsen.

During this exchange, Mr. Bates asks that a public inquiry be launched to understand the origin of the anonymous letter as well as that of a second letter sent to another of his clients called “Emma” who accused a former agent of sexual assault.

The request was denied in part because of the Lethbridge Police Commission’s concerns about the anonymity of the letters and the lack specific information.

Letters cited in correspondence

The anonymous whistleblower’s letters are quoted in correspondence between Michael Bates and Rob VanSpronsen.

According to correspondence, the letter to Shannon Phillips said, in part:

You should know that Shahin Mehdizadeh talks about you in a very negative and sexist way every day in LPS. He doesn’t mince words about a case he says he’s preparing against you. He repeatedly said he was going to “burn you and Meghan Grant out of CBC.

According to the documents, [le chef] openly declared in front of the employees of the LPS that anyone who would vote for Shannon Phillips was a mentally disabled person.

A woman would have been calledannoying

The other letter from the anonymous informant, sent to Michael Bates about his client accusing a former agent of the LPS of sexual assault, is also cited in the correspondence.

I thought you should know that Lethbridge’s biggest misogynist, Chief Mehdizadeh, qualifies your client for LPS “a pain in the ass” and said Bill Kaye should have had an escort.

In a statement, Shannon Phillips called the contents of the anonymous letters deeply troubling, given the events leading up to the letter, dating back to 2017.

Chief Shahin Mehdizadeh was unavailable for an interview with CBC News.

CBC News asked the LPS whether he had conducted his own investigation to determine whether the allegations in the whistleblower letters were true.

In an email, Kristen Saturley, head of strategic communications in the police chief’s office, responded that under Alberta’s Police Act, any complaints about the police chief must be referred to the Police Commission, which can ask the Minister to order another department to launch an investigation if necessary.

Rob VanSpronsen says the Police Commission conducts both an annual workplace survey and an annual chief performance review, which involves interviews with a random selection of employees from the LPS.

[…] From all the data we have gathered, the Lethbridge Police Commission is confident that Chief Mehdizadeh meets the high standards that the Alberta Police Act and Alberta Police Service regulations expect of him. a chief of police.

According to Doug King, professor of justice studies at Mount Royal University, the situation nevertheless warrants further investigation to determine whether the allegations contained in the letters are true.

If I was the chef, that’s what I would want. I would like a mechanism that would exculpate mehe says.

Public confidence in the police is maintained through transparency and dialogue, he stresses.

The professor notes that there’s no reason a police department can’t hire an outside entity, like a lawyer, to conduct an investigation.

With information from Paula Duhatschek


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