Senior: traffic cop showered me with insults, obscenities
A 70-year-old woman is accusing a Montreal traffic cop of verbally assaulting her after a misunderstanding in Saint-Laurent.
Joan Caplan and her husband were trying to get home but were faced with a traffic cop blocking the road.
Caplan claims she rolled down the window and asked the officer if she could drive through. She said the officer made a hand gesture as if to wave her through, but apparently she misinterpreted the motion.
"Next thing I knew, he was running after the car, I stopped," Caplan said. "He said 'You have no respect for a police officer, b*tch!'"
Caplan described the officer as purely belligerent and says she chose not to engage him.
"When people are like that, you can't speak to them, it will get worse," she said.
The officer took her ID and said he would be sending a ticket in the mail for not obeying an officer's orders.
The Montreal police department confirmed its internal affairs department is investigating the case.
"He waved me through," Caplan insists. "If he told me no, I would have just taken another way."
Caplan and her husband debated whether to file a complaint against the officer.
After the incident, she called 9-1-1, not knowing what else to do.
The local station sergeant returned Caplan's call. She says he told her the officer had a completely different version of events.
It's the officer's word against hers and she fears Montreal police management will always back their staff.
Caplan admits to losing a significant amount of sleep because of worry about the situation.
"Situations where elders are abused happen too often, and this is a perfect example of abuse," she said.