Lawsuits from protests target city of Mtl., police
A published report says the city of Montreal and police are about to be hit with a series of class action lawsuits following protests in recent months.
La Presse says a law firm has submitted half a dozen claims arguing police tactics were unfair, including quickly circling a group of protesters officers want to arrest, also known as kettling.
The suits demand $5000 for each person unjustly arrested.
The demonstrations include the annual protest against police brutality and an anti-capitalist rally.
"The important disticntion to make, though, is that the police are executing a bylaw regarding protests, which was made to try to restore some normalcy here in the province", said CJAD legal expert Chris Dimakos.
"It's gonna be interesting to see how they're going to get around the fact that there is a current law. They're claiming damages for the ways that the police operated, but I'm not sure they're going to get that", added Dimakos.
A press conference is planned in the mcoming days where details of the legal action will be announced.