Police arrested a 78-year-old man for honking in support of a truck driver’s protest

Ottawa police arrested a 78-year-old man and fined him for injuring his horn in support of an ongoing truck driver protest in the capital.

On February 6, Jerry Charles Bois told the truck driver, “Raise your thumb and ring the horn.

video According to a show shared on Twitter, police officers twisted their arms and knelt while Charlesboa was getting his ID from behind the car, injuring him in the process.

Police subsequently arrested Charles Boa for not revealing his identity and gave him a $ 110 ticket for making “unnecessary turmoil.”

David Amber, a criminal lawyer representing Charles Bois, said the arrest was “illegal.”

“The issue of arrest legality is arguably an indisputable issue,” Amber told The Epoch Times.

Mr Amber said police were not allowed to arrest individuals for failing to submit a driver’s license. Police will ask the person for verbal identification and may do so if denied.

“But the police didn’t do that, and probably knew the man’s name, so for me this is definitely an illegal arrest,” he said.

“He had the option of writing a noise violation ticket to the man. He had the option of writing a ticket to the man because he did not provide a driver’s license. He had a driver’s license. I had the option to ask the man for his name if he couldn’t or didn’t provide his proof. “

Amber said he would fight the allegations received by Tickets and Charles Boa, but to receive a civil council in pursuit of a proceeding against the city of Ottawa, the Ottawa police, or the specific police officer arrested. Introducing the client.

The Epoch Times asked the Ottawa police for comment, but did not respond.

On February 7, the Ontario High Court honked a truck driver participating in Freedom Convoy in downtown Ottawa after a class action was filed against the convoy organizer on behalf of the locals. Granted a 10-day injunction to prevent it. He said the horn bark caused her sleep loss and other mental injuries.

As of February 10, more than 1,500 tickets have been issued in connection with protests, due to excessive noise and other reasons, according to Ottawa police. In the statement..

The trucking fleet encamped in Ottawa began as a protest against the federal government’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement for all truck drivers across the Canadian-US border. It quickly evolved into a national movement, attracting supporters from all over Canada who wanted to end other pandemic-related obligations and restrictions. It has also triggered similar protests around the world.

According to Amber, Charles Bois’s arrest also raises the question of whether the ordinance allows the Canadian constitutional right to freedom of expression to be revoked.

“There are a lot of protests about government orders, so we also need to address whether this could be contrary to the situation,” Amber said.

Andrew Chen


Andrew Chen is a Toronto-based Epoch Times reporter.

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