Then, on Dec. 27, 2005, Const. Khan is accused
of twice striking Mr. Payant in the head with
his ASP, or retractable baton, while on duty.
Const. Khan is now facing charges of
discreditable conduct and unlawful or
unnecessary use of authority under the Police
No criminal charges have been laid.
This is the second time Const. Khan has faced
Police Services Act charges.
In March, he was sentenced to forfeit three
days' pay after pleading guilty to three
disciplinary charges in relation to three
incidents between October 2005 and February 2006
while he was both on and off duty.
During the hearing into the previous charges,
Const. Khan revealed he was suffering from post
traumatic stress disorder after surviving a
scary incident in which a suspect pointed a gun
in his face and twice pulled the trigger.
His lawyer, Al O'Brien, explained how his
client had become "more irritable and more
aggressive" toward co-workers and the public in
the months following an incident at a downtown
strip club in May 2005 in which a suspect pulled
a loaded gun on him and twice pulled the
The gun did not go off, however, and despite
encouragement by his superiors to take as much
time off as he needed, Const. Khan decided to
return to work after only a few days off, Mr.
It wasn't until after several public
complaints were made over a three-month period
that Const. Khan recognized he had a problem and
voluntarily sought counselling, Mr. O'Brien
After being off work for eight months and
receiving counselling, Const. Khan has since
been diagnosed and received treatment for post
traumatic stress disorder, Mr. O'Brien said.
In a somewhat unusual move, Const. Khan
apologized to one of the people who filed a
complaint against him during the hearing.
Christine Richer had complained to police
that Const. Khan's comments and demeanour at the
Vanier drop-in centre where she works were
"intimidating" and "inappropriate" after they
called police for help dealing with a young
person who had threatened the staff.
According to an agreed statement of facts,
Const. Khan suggested to Ms. Richer and staff at
the drop-in centre to "go after" the youth with
hockey sticks should he return with a baseball
He also told Ms. Richer he thought the youth at
the drop-in centre didn't respect her and they
should shut the place down.
"Whatever I said, I was wrong," he told Ms.
Richer. "I am sorry. I didn't mean to upset you
or your colleagues."