Cst. Auger's Lawyer Talks
Tonight, Feb. 11, we have a statement from Constable Mickey Auger’s lawyer.
Last night we reported that Constable Auger has been suspended from active
Police Officials would not release details why Chief Richard Laperierre suspended Auger. However, a statement from Lorenzo Girones reveals the suspension may be connected to Auger appearing in some advertisements for Girones and Associates. Girones says Auger appeared in a television commercial without saying a word and in a newspaper advertisement, both without uniform and in no way associating the Timmins Police Force with the ad sponsor. He says there has not been any misconduct by Auger, a 30- year veteran with an unblemished record.
Girones tells us Auger was handed his notice of suspension on Monday; that he was escorted by two police officers to his locker; told to clean his locker out; to hand in his uniform; weapon, and badge, and was escorted out of the building, and told never to come back to the building again. Girones also points out that another officer who has been charged with a criminal offence of assault causing bodily harm still works without suspension at the Timmins Police Service. Girones calls the Chief’s actions petty, nonsensical and an affront to Auger.
The following was the entire statement that was issued by Mr. Lorenzo Girones:
Lorenzo Girones, Lawyer for Cst. Michael (Mickey) Auger, has provided the following statement:
“The actions of the Timmins Police Service Administration in suspending Cst. Michael (Mickey) Auger and now making it public in the media is but a further step in the petty and nonsensical conduct aimed at Cst. Auger.
There has not been any misconduct by Cst. Auger, a 30 year veteran of the Timmins Police force with an unblemished record. Cst. Auger appeared in a television commercial without saying a word, and in a newspaper advertisement, both without uniform and in no way associating the Timmins Police Force with the sponsor of the advertisement.
Subsequently, the Timmins Police Service Administration objected to the ads even though they are not prohibited by the Police Services Act, and suspended Cst. Auger with pay, although he is planning to retire on May 1, 2005. Cst. Auger has requested an immediate hearing but no hearing has been scheduled.
Cst. Auger was handed his notice of suspension last Monday, February 7, 2005 by the Chief of Police and he was escorted by two police officers to his locker, told to clean his locker out, to hand in his uniform, weapon and badge, and was escorted out of the building, and told never to come back to the building again.
To put things in perspective, the Timmins Police Service Administration believes that appearing in an ad is serious enough to warrant a suspension, yet it is noteworthy to remember that a Timmins Police Officer who is presently charged with a serious criminal offence of assaulting and causing bodily harm to an innocent citizen of the City of Timmins, still works without suspension at the Timmins Police Force.
Section 74(2) of The Police Services Act makes it clear that there is no misconduct if there is no connection between the ads and the occupational requirements of a police officer or the reputation of the police force.
This petty and nonsensical conduct is an affront to Cst. Auger, and to all the citizens whom he has helped over 30 years and brings into disrepute and besmirches the reputation and fine work of all other officers of the Timmins Police Force who are fair-minded and dedicated to the well-being and safety of the citizens of Timmins.”
So, who was the officer still working for the Timmins Police who is presently charged with assault causing bodily harm to an innocent citizen of the City of Timmins? Please email info@OttawaMensCentre.com
How can a Timmins Police Officer appear in a commercial for a local lawyer in or out of uniform and not be in a conflict of interest? Trouble is, Micky Auger is a unique shape and stands out like a beached whale.