Disaster Strikes After Cop Leaves Girl Handcuffed In Patrol Car

A police officer's judgement call has resulted in a woman's life being flipped upside down.

A young girl was left psychologically traumatized after she was raped in the back of a police van while heavily intoxicated. The then 17-year-old girl was arrested for underage drinking after a new shipment of alcohol arrived in the small, isolated town of Tasiujaq, Quebec. Rookie Police Officer, Constable Danielle Gallant, was on duty, alone, and was forced to detain the unnamed victim after she caused a disturbance. What happened after that will haunt Ms. Gallant for the rest of her life.

After an un-named female became heavily intoxicated on a night out in 2011, Ms. Gallant was forced to detain her. Intending to bring her back to the police station, Ms. Gallant restrained the 17-year-old with handcuffs before putting her in the back of her Kativik Regional Police Force vehicle. Having already done the rounds, Ms. Gallant had detained another individual who had caused a disturbance in the sleepy town. Mr. Joe Kritik, 24, was in the back of the vehicle - unrestrained - when the girl was thrown in. Mr. Kritik had four prior convictions for sexual assault to his name and was also listed on the national sex offender registry.

Ms. Gallant, who was fresh out of police school and not yet qualified to carry a sidearm, made another stop before returning to the station. While she was absent, Mr. Krtik made a move on the inebriated female, taking advantage of her intoxicated state and her handcuffed hands. “When Constable Gallant came back to her vehicle after a short period of time, she observed Mr. Kritik with his pants down while on top of the plaintiff,” a statement of claim reveals. “The plaintiff was unable to defend herself, being handcuffed in her back and unable to leave the vehicle, the doors being locked.”

After discovering the horrific incident, Ms. Gallant did not remove the girl from the van. Instead, the victim was taken to the station, kept in an overnight cell and given no medical attention. The juvenile’s parents were not contacted following the event.

While the victim did not file a law suit against Ms. Gallant until last year, according to psychologist Joseph Beltempo, the victim has suffered deep psychological trauma from the incident. Having had no past history of mental health problems, the victim displays symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, will not leave the house alone and experiences repeated nightmares of the incident. “Her depression, loneliness and isolation are getting worse,” says Mr. Beltempo.

The lawsuit filed in Quebec Superior Court against Ms. Gallant, the Kativik Regional Police Force (KRPF) and the Kativik Regional Government (KRG) is demanding $400,000 in damages for the victim. “The KRPF manifested a serious lack of professionalism and gross negligence by leaving an inexperience police officer, with no knowledge of life experience of northern Quebec populations, and without the authorization to carry a firearm, to ensure alone the security of the public,” the suit read. A spokeswoman for the KRG refused to comment while the matter was before court.

Source: National Post
Photo: Wikimedia

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