POLITICS
03/21/2014 05:07 EDT | Updated 05/21/2014 05:59 EDT

Montreal's police officer 'No. 728' charged with assault in 2012 arrest

MONTREAL - A Montreal police officer best known by her badge number has been charged with simple assault in connection with a highly publicized arrest caught on video.

The Crown says the charge against Stefanie Trudeau stems from an arrest in October 2012 that started with a man drinking beer outdoors.

The arrest became highly publicized after a video of it went viral and was widely shown in the media.

Video and audio recordings pointed to a forceful, profanity-laced arrest of a friend of the man who was accused of drinking.

Trudeau's badge number of 728 was first seen during a student protest earlier in 2012 when a video showed an officer liberally pepper-spraying demonstrators.

The Crown decided there was not enough evidence to lay charges in that incident.

Trudeau's arraignment is scheduled for May 6.