We need to talk about the saga of Ottawa Police constable Nermin Mesic.
In 2009, Constable Mesic pleaded guilty under the police services act to charges of unlawfully exercising authority, discreditable conduct, and neglect of duty.
What did he do? He slapped a 16 year-twice twice, kicked his leg, grabbed his throat, and forced him to the ground, stopping after telling the youth he was "lucky someone was watching”.
Mesnic was not criminally charged and was ordered to work 11 extra shifts without pay.
In 2016, Mesnic was charged by Gatineau police with assault, uttering threats, and forcible confinement. The next day, he was suspended by the Ottawa Police, with pay.
What did he do? According to a cell phone recording of a tenant who owed money for a rental unit Mesic owned, Mesic was recorded saying, “Sell your kid. I don’t give a sh-t. Make your wife do something. I guarantee you I’m going to spill blood.”
And there is more: “You know I’m going to come after you. I’m going to find out where you live, I’m going to find out how you live and I’m going to — I’m going to bury you. I’m going to feed you to the fish. OK. With a big brick around your neck. Do you understand that?”
“I will f—ing take your kid and I will sell it.”
Three years later, in 2019, Mesic pleaded guilty to uttering threats in a Quebec court and was given an absolute discharge, meaning no criminal record.
Last month, Mesic’s Ottawa Police suspension came to an end and his four year paid time off was lifted.
Just yesterday, Mesic pleaded guilty to two counts of discreditable conduct under the Police Services Act for the events with his tenant.
He is waiting to find what his punishment will be.
So is Ottawa.
We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren
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