Merchant sues city for wrongful arrest
A business owner who found himself caught up in one of the rowdy student protests over the summer is now suing the city for $42 000.
Dominique Dion is the owner of Zero8 restaurant on Saint-Denis in the Latin Quarter. He says on the night of May 19th while students were protesting in the street, he was arrested inside his own restaurant for no reason.
"I was just letting my customers in for safety when suddenly an officer opened the door and said in French, 'let's take this one,' and I say, look I'm the owner, and he responds very rudely, 'I don't care,' and then he throws me on the window of the restauarant then onto the terrace and he arrests me."
Dion ended up spending the night in jail, but he was never charged or handed a ticket. About a month after the incident he even received an apology from the district police chief.
"Normally, I have good relations with police," he says, "but what this officer did was unacceptable. I think we can find him and he should face the law."
Aside from the civil suit, Dion has also filed a complaint with the police ethics commissioner.
The video of his arrest captured by surveillance camera.