Montreal police officer accused of road rage won't face charges
Jeffery Pokora facing charges of his own after alleging off-duty cop smashed his car with SUV
Prosecutors have decided not to lay charges against an off-duty Montreal police officer who had been accused of road rage, CBC News has learned.
Jeffery Pokora, the man who says he was the victim in the case, received a letter last week from police informing him that Crown prosecutors had reviewed the file and decided not to lay charges against the officer.
Pokora said he was "dumbfounded" when he got the news, saying that "the evidence is there, on video, in black and white — vehicular assault."
Jean-Pascal Boucher, a spokesperson for Quebec's Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions, said the decision not to lay charges against the police officer was made after "after a complete analysis by our proscutors of all the evidence.
"I can't talk about the evidence," he said.
Pokora is still facing charges of his own for harassment and intimidation.
Part of the incident last January was captured on surveillance video and Pokora shared his story with CBC last fall. None of the allegations have been proven in court.
Video shows SUV backing into car
Pokora told CBC he was driving in Lasalle on a snowy night in January 2015 when an SUV rolled through a stop sign and passed him on the left.
Pokora was worried the driver might be drunk, so he followed the vehicle to a house and had words with the driver.
He didn't realize at the time the man was an off-duty police officer. Pokora eventually pulled up his car to block the SUV in the driveway.
Surveillance video obtained by CBC then shows the SUV backing up and smashing Pokora's car twice. Pokora fled the scene and he says the SUV chased him.
Police eventually stopped the two vehicles and Pokora was arrested at gunpoint.
Life 'turned upside down'
Pokora filed a criminal complaint against the off-duty officer, as well as a complaint with the police ethics commission.
Police investigated the case and told CBC last fall that the surveillance video didn't tell the whole story.
At he time, Pokora said he decided to come forward after his life was turned "upside down" by the incident.
"After 10 months of therapy, I started realizing I need to start holding people accountable. Just like our politicians, everybody is accountable," he said.
Ethics commission won't proceed with complaint
Pokora also received a letter from the police ethics commission, saying it couldn't proceed with his complaint because the officer was off-duty at the time.
The letter said the commission only handles complaints involving officers who are in the course of performing their duties.
Pokora is scheduled to appear in court in March.