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City Officials Plead With Citizens For Understanding While Police Hand Out Tickets To Pedestrians Forced To Walk In The Street In LaSalle


No sidewalks available, but police in Lasalle Quebec do not care and ticket my granddaughter $42.00 for walking on the street.

No sidewalks available, but police in Lasalle Quebec do not care and ticket my granddaughter $42.00 for walking on the street.

I have brought up my children to trust police even though I have had many run ins with them from a very young age.  As I got older I realized that a lot of the abuse the beatings that they gave me and a lot of the racial slurs that they used when talking to me, although not right and unjustifiable, could have been avoided if I had not chosen to break the law and so as I stopped breaking the law I allowed the past to be the past. I decided to judge the police from the point of view of an honest hard working citizen, who deserved to be treated with respect and dignity and who would treat the police with respect and dignity as well we had reason to be in each other’s company.  I have found since doing this that I have had no negative, or hostile dealings with the police personally.  That being said, I must say that I have noticed that the Montreal police have become increasing more aggressive and abusive when they think that they are dealing with easy targets, such as homeless people, people who are alone in isolated areas and in situations where they (the police) figure that those they are interacting with are without witnesses. The simple fact is that police in Montreal are acting like neighborhood bullies or in the manner you would expect a street gang to act.

Sidewalks are full of ice, but LaSalle Police do not care if you break your neck

Sidewalks are full of ice, but LaSalle Police do not care if you break your neck

What has got me writing about it today is my 18 year old granddaughter was walking home at 1:30 in the morning from a restaurant near her apartment when she noticed she was being followed by the police in a cruiser. Now my granddaughter has never been in trouble with the police and so has no fear of them and because she was doing nothing wrong she just kept on walking home. My granddaughter was walking on the street because Lasalle like the rest of Montreal was just finishing a major snow storm and the sidewalks were very slippery on the side streets and she had twisted her ankle twice that evening.  Not realizing that there was a by-law prohibiting a pedestrian from walking on the street for any reason other than to cross the street or get into one’s car she continued to walk on the street where it was safe to walk in terms of breaking a limb from falling on the ice and this is where her nightmare began.

City asks citizens for understanding and police hand out tickets

City asks citizens for understanding and police hand out tickets

Apparently the local police had been following her to see how long it would take her to get back on the sidewalk and when she did not after a while they decided to have a talk with her; no problem there. They asked her for identification, where she was coming from, where she was going and had she been drinking. She provided the identification, told them she had just finished having coffee with a group of friends and gave them the name of the restaurant, told them she was on her way home and said that the strongest thing she had to drink that evening was a coffee. It was -40 degrees with the wind chill factor that evening and they sat in their cars and questioned her from an open window, asking the same questions over and over again trying to trick her up and intimidate her.  When this tactic did not work and they tired of their little game that was not getting them the excitement I can only assume they were looking for, they got down to telling her why they stopped her in the first place.

LaSalle sidewalks are built on a slant near driveway causing pedestrians to slide into the street when the sidewalks are icy. Streets are level so easier to walk on.

LaSalle sidewalks are built on a slant near driveway causing pedestrians to slide into the street when the sidewalks are icy. Streets are level so easier to walk on.

They told her that she was breaking the law by walking in the street instead of on the side walk and they didn’t care how icy the sidewalk was, or how dangerous it was, she should have stayed on the sidewalk.  They informed her that they were going to give her a $42.00 ticket for walking on the street and proceeded to do so.  My granddaughter was so upset that she began to cry right there and then, but the police did not care.  When she talk to me about it the next day from what I can gather she was more upset about the manner in which they talked to her and their assumption that she had been drinking and the fact that they did not seem to care if she got hurt walking on the sidewalk and seemed to be having bully type fun at her expense. She was almost in tears as she related her story to me and told me that she no longer would feel safe on a street alone with the police ever again, because they were nothing but bullies.  My granddaughter is going to college, is a straight A student and has never been in trouble with the law.  She works at a local Wendy’s as a supervisor to pay her way through school and this experience with the police really left her with a bad taste in her mouth.

Hard to respect police when the prove they are devoid of reason and good judgement.

Hard to respect police when the prove they are devoid of reason and good judgement.

The problem is the police are out in the street making enemies, bullying certain members of the public and using their position and authority as peace officers to get away with it.  I told my granddaughter that she had indeed broken the law and that she would have to pay the ticket, because there is such a by-law. I advised her that she could fight the ticket and there was a remote chance that a judge would see it her way and she would not have to pay, but the cost of time off of work and missing a day at school would be the price she would have to be willing to pay for that right and that principle and it would probably come to more loss in pay than $42.00. I also advised her that she could make a complaint to their superiors for the nasty way they treated her, because that was her right also, but I did not think that much would come of it, because it would be 2 against one and unfortunately it could result in those 2 bully policemen doing God knows what to her the next time they met, or charging her with God knows what for causing them grief.

The street are not much better but they are level and the traffic breaks down most of the ice as you can see here.

The street are not much better but they are level and the traffic breaks down most of the ice as you can see here.

Imagine in this day and age having to warn your grandchildren, or children to be weary of the police and to avoid contact with police lest they cause you harm just for their fun and amusement.  At a time of night when a young lady walking home alone from work or an outing should feel safe that a police car is in back of her, this one will now feel nervous and try to avoid the police as though they were a stranger or suspicious looking person following her.  It would seem that our police officers in Montreal are having a hard time with using common sense when dealing with the public. I would go further and say that they seem to be trying to push youth into violent confrontations with them and seem hell bent on making the lives of the homeless even harder than it is for them already.

This is a city block.  Where does one get back on the sidewalk to avoid a ticket and not break one's neck on the ice?

This is a city block. Where does one get back on the sidewalk to avoid a ticket and not break one’s neck on the ice?

With 90% of Canada under severe winter weather alert and city officials pleading with its citizens to be understanding of the delays in picking up the snow and clearing the sidewalks, one would think that the Montreal police would be trying to be of service and help make it safer for pedestrians who are forced into the street to avoid breaking their necks on the slippery side walks, instead of handing out tickets for it wouldn’t you?  It is hard to teach children to respect police when the police are doing all they can to bully them, abusing them verbally, and throwing their weight around from behind the protection of the badge they wear.  I think that the ticket was a stupid one to give, but she was walking in the street; I am more concerned about the bullying though and the pushing for confrontation by some police, because after a while people push back and when these young people push back they often end up dead at the hands of the police who instigate and provoke the confrontations.  This country is starting to look more and more like a police state with its citizens having zero rights and the police free to abuse its citizens in any manner they like without fear of reprisal and I must ask, “What is up Canada?”

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