Lethbridge police suspend five employees pending professional misconduct hearing

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LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — Police in Lethbridge have suspended five employees with pay pending the results of a professional misconduct hearing.

The police service says to protect the integrity of the process, it cannot discuss the names of those being investigated or the nature of the probe, only that it stems from something that happened in 2018.

The suspensions come after the province's police watchdog launched a separate investigation into whether a local politician's privacy was violated.

It's alleged that five Lethbridge officers and one civilian employee made multiple database checks on NDP legislature member Shannon Phillips while she was environment minister.

In discussing the privacy allegations last week, police Chief Shahin Mehdizadeh warned that other, unrelated complaints of police misconduct would be coming forward.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 15, 2021.

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