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Police Harass F4J
December 23, 2006 permalink
Here is the latest police harassment of peaceful demonstration, in this abridged report from Canada Court Watch:
Security at Newmarket, Ontario Courthouse bully and threaten law abiding Canadian citizens!
(Dec 22, 2006) It was reported to Court Watch that on Thursday, December 21, 2006, court security officers from the Newmarket Court came outside of the court and threatened members of the equal parenting group, Fathers-4-Justice. Members of Fathers-4-Justice were outside of the front entrance to the court and peacefully obtaining signatures on a petition. The protesters had signs on the grass to the side of the court entrance. Fathers-4-Justice members were told to take their signs down off public property. The one large sign read, "Put father back in Christmas"
Court officers told the Fathers-4-Justice rep that members of their group would be arrested for public mischief if anyone inside the court complained about their activities against the court system.
Although security officers allowed the demonstrators to remain outside less their signs, when one of the supporters for fathers-4-Justice attempted to enter the public court building to simply use the washroom, he was told that he was not allowed to enter the public court building to use the washroom. Court security workers gave the lame excuse that fathers-4-justice supporters might hand out literature inside of the building.
Source: Canada Court Watch