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Michel El-Khoury facing discipline over Dr. Jeffrey Sirzyk's arrest

10/29/2014 12:26 EDT | Updated 12/29/2014 05:59 EST
The police ethics committee has sided with a Lachute doctor who would not release confidential patient information to police in March 2012. 

Sgt. Michel El-Khoury of the Sûreté du Québec will face a disciplinary hearing in relation to the incident following an internal investigation.

Quebec’s provincial police began its investigation into an arrest in the Lachute hospital’s emergency room after a doctor was briefly detained on March 1, 2012.

Dr. Jeffrey Sirzyk refused to give police information about an injured baby without a warrant.

Police suspected the child had been abused and asked Sirzyk for information relating to the child’s injuries. Officers were told to open a file with Quebec's youth protection (known by its French acronym, the DPJ), but didn’t.

Instead, El-Khoury “became angry and aggressive,” according to the ethics committee's findings.

Arrest in emergency room​

Sirzyk was handcuffed and pinned against the wall. The next day, he resigned from his job, citing stress after the ordeal.

The ethics committee found the police officer showed an "unacceptable ignorance” of the rules on the confidentiality of medical information, demonstrated poor judgment, and acted hastily in arresting the doctor.

It said El-Khoury's use of force was unwarranted.

The date of the disciplinary hearing has not yet been set.

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