Now, this is hard to believe or is it? ‘A Montreal police officer pulled over a woman heading to work at 4 a.m. Tuesday, demanding to search her lunch bag as he questioned why she was out before the provincial curfew lifted.
“I got my letter out of my glove compartment and he asked for my ID, I gave him that,” Sarah Vresk told CBC. “He then asked me what was in my bag.”
At that point, Vresk asked why it mattered he see her lunch bag when she showed him proof from her employer, a snow-removal contractor, that she needed to be out during curfew.
The officer threatened her with a ticket, saying the letter is just a piece of paper, and accused her of delaying detainment by being uncooperative and refusing to show him the bag.
Vresk finally acquiesced and the officer returned to his car to check her credentials while his partner continued the questioning. After the whole ordeal, Vresk drove away without a ticket.
A criminal defence lawyer in Montreal said a police intervention should end as soon as a person proves they need to be out during curfew. “It’s none of his business what’s in the bag,” Jeffrey Boro said.
“He has no reasonable or probable grounds to search. He hasn’t got the power to do that and the woman has certain constitutional rights to be free of an abusive search.”’https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/montreal-police-stop-woman-going-to-work-during-curfew-and-search-her-lunch-bag