Homeless man’s $110K in fines sign of ‘systemic’ issue with police, advocate says
Advocates are highlighting what they say is an unjust police practice as the reason behind why one homeless Montrealer racked up $110,000 in tickets.“It was shocking,” said Émilie Guimond-Bélanger, a social worker at the Droits Devant legal clinic.
“We’ve never seen someone with so many tickets,” she said.
When Guimond-Bélanger pulled out the homeless man’s file, it was 30 centimetres [12 in.] thick.
Guimond-Bélanger said the homeless man’s $110,000 fines amounted to about 500 tickets, many of which were received in the same week or by the same police officer.
The man, in his 50s, had been living in the subway for a few years.
When he approached Droits Devant for help, Guimond-Bélanger said his file showed repeated fines for sleeping in the subway, begging for money, and drinking in public — “things that someone who doesn’t have a home has to do in the public space,” she said.
“He had received around 500 of them [tickets]. I could see that most of the time he would receive many in the same week, sometimes by the same officers as well.”
In its majestic equality, the law forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, beg in the streets and steal loaves of bread.
– Anatole France
Sounds to me that Canadian cops have quotas for writing tickets same as here.