An 87-year-old Montreal man says he is filing a complaint with Montreal police after claiming an officer manhandled him while giving him nearly 500 dollars in tickets for jaywalking and obstruction of justice.
Samuel Ferstman was out on one of his daily walks downtown when he crossed the street at Ste Catherine and Stanley, the light turning red as he was crossing. Ferstman claims a Montreal police officer was rude and rough towards him as the constable asked for i.d. and tried to prevent him from leaving.
"He grabs me from the back hard, hard, leaving black and blue marks on my arm," Ferstman said. The soft-spoken, unassuming senior, who is barely five feet tall, took off his sweater and rolled back his short sleeve a bit to show an inch-wide purplish mark on his upper left arm.
Ferstman said he got a $42 jaywalking ticket and a $452 ticket for obstruction of justice after not giving the officer his right address, Ferstman claiming the officer's rough behaviour made him panicky and scared.
"He started yelling at me, 'You old man, you old man,' " Ferstman said.
Ferstman said this was his second run-in with the officer who gave him another jaywalking ticket last year in the same area, adding the officer was just as rude and aggressive then. Ferstman said he is jittery about going out for walks now, afraid of running into the officer.
But Ferstman argued he doesn't think the behaviour was justified.
"I want him to be reprimanded. I want them to know, to speak to him, because he probably doesn't realize that he's so nasty and people are afraid of him," Ferstman said.
Montreal police would not comment, saying Ferstman is free to file a complaint. Ferstman said he is filing a complaint with the police ethics committee.