Rookie Cop Reportedly Berated, Called 'A Rat' For Arresting Off-Duty Officer

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Toronto police officer Andrew Vanderburgh felt he was doing the right thing more than two years ago when he arrested an off-duty fellow officer for drunk driving.

But after the Nov. 28, 2009 arrest, Vanderburgh was "harassed and berated" by fellow officers for seemingly violating an unwritten code among officers to remain loyal to each other, the Toronto Star reports. Other officers reportedly called Vanderburgh names, including "rat."

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The off-duty cop, Breton Berthiaume, was charged with impaired driving and having a blood alcohol level of more than 0.08 percent, according to an internal police disciplinary ruling.

Berthiaume reportedly had been driving erratically when Vanderburgh (pictured above) pulled him over. The arresting officer then took Berthiaume to the nearest police station where his blood alcohol level could be tested.

Some officers witnessing the arrest "took exception to a police officer being charged or investigated," prosecutor Mary-Anne Mackett told a court that heard Berthiaume's case this week.

A judge who previously ruled in the case in a pre-trial hearing said that an officer witnessing the incident "refused to assist Constable Vanderburgh in the arrest and preparation of paperwork at [the police station]."

Later that evening another officer, James Little, followed Vanderburgh as he left the station in his patrol car and pulled him over for purportedly running a red light, giving him a ticket.

The ticket was eventually dismissed and Little pleaded guilty to "discreditable conduct" and was ordered to forfeit 20 days' pay.

Two other officers, including a staff sergeant who failed to intervene during Little's retaliatory action, were also disciplined and were docked as much as 20 days' pay.

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July 26 2012 at 1:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

As with our government... there are toooooo many cops. Just like our politicians who have hoards of assistants, and create agencies to do their work... we need to start getting pickier with LESS COPS. They arent protecting and serving half the time, as much as harrasing and haranguing. This officer who applied the same laws the other cops apply to us, should be rewarded and held up as an HONEST example of a cop. You have no idea how many friends I know have lost their licenses for .08% blood alcohol, while night after night I see cops, EVEN SHERRIFS, leave bars crosseyed drunk. In Delaware, a drunk cop ran over and killed a sweet woman jogger, leaving her husband and family in shambles. The cop was NEVER BROUGHT UP ON CHARGES. WTF people?

Less government, less cops. Better government, better police force.

July 26 2012 at 1:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ww5022 f'n hypocrites.

July 26 2012 at 11:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
pekpek hunter

the guys wife is a slut

July 26 2012 at 10:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Sweideman: suck on these cop. and
Talk about they are pal. Cowards and bullies doing what they do best.

July 03 2012 at 3:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


June 02 2012 at 5:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Most of you commentors couldn't get through the physical agility course on the first day, let alone get through the Academy. So easy to criticize from your armchairs. So many mental midgets that couldn't fight their way out of a crack house, yet when you need help who do you call? Yeah, I thought so. Those Fail Bus riders so quick to run your feces holes should man up and respect the laws that protect you, not berate those that are actually able to do the job. Shame on you that criticize LAw Enforcement in general. It's you whining crying failures that I have to respond to and then save your little whining rear ends, all while knowing you have no idea what respect for anything is. I got a pool and a pond; the pond will be good for you losers.

June 02 2012 at 11:32 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to sweideman's comment

Nice attitude, I feel safer already.

July 26 2012 at 11:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

We need more like him. End of story.

June 02 2012 at 10:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

as a former police officer i know how hard it is to resist the desire to punch someone lights out when without cause an officer gets spit on,slapped,called names etc, i also know that as an officer you chose that line of work and being called names etc is part of the deal. also poor supervision and grandfather BS iss in many cases the root of many abuses by police officers. i have in my career arrested, prosecuted and incacerated officers for breaking the law. its hard to do the right thing, but someone has to otherwise we are no better than the scum we put away. also for those who xhose to disrespect officers for whatever reason, i invite you to spend a day in his or her shoes its easy to have an opinion when you dont have all the facts,in addidtion for those who say see what happens when you need a cop, an officer will always be there because they made an oath, to protect you regardless of your disliking for officers. there are bad cops out there no doubt, but also bad parents,bad sons ,daughters, bad teachers,doctors lawyers, bosses, neighbors, etc. why? because we all share one constant, we are all human.but there are also good ones, we cat just simply judge the plural by the singular otherwise whats the point.....

June 02 2012 at 3:10 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Lt Dan

That dirty rat! How dare he uphold the law he was sworn to enforce.He more than likely does not attend the policemens ball.

June 01 2012 at 6:56 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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