LETHBRIDGE, AB – Two Lethbridge Police officers who pleaded guilty to misconduct charges in the so-called “memegate” investigation, have been demoted in rank for one year.
A disciplinary hearing was held Tuesday, November 30 for the officers, who’s names haven’t been officially released.
The misconduct stems from an incident three years ago in 2018 when a private group chat was created in a messaging app and texts were sent out to officers who were part of it.
The communications were found to be offensive and against LPS policies and were described in an agreed statement of facts as being “profane, abusive, and insulting.” Both officers have been demoted by two grades for a period of one year.
Back in early November, the officers pleaded guilty under the Police Act and Police Service Regulation to two counts of discreditable conduct and one count each of insubordination and neglect of duty.
Three other officers were charged with misconduct as well in relation to this same incident, however two have since resigned and proceedings are still underway with respect to the other.