A pair of Hamilton cops — one a rookie, the other a veteran detective — are charged with framing a man for a crime he didn’t commit.
First, let’s meet the two cops.
Constable Jessica Prazeres has only been wearing a badge for 10 months. She donned a uniform in July and hit the streets with a training officer. She just got off her probation as a new recruit in November when she was allowed for the first time to work on her own.
Her name might not mean much to you. But try Googling Jessica Amaro.
Then there’s Detective Helena Russell. A 16-year veteran. Most recently working out of the Mountain criminal investigation division. Before that she had worked in the sexual assault unit. Russell has had a high community profile in the past few months as president of the Hamilton chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Jessica was the chapter’s vice-president.
They will continue to be paid while they are suspended.
Only in Canada, eh?
UPDATE (02/03/07) – The Hamilton Spectator, letters to the editor — Hiring process should weed out bad cops