Taxi driver or police officer? Montreal cabbie takes inspiration from the cops
MONTREAL – One Montreal taxi drivers is taking a new approach when it comes to showing his anger over ride-sharing service Uber.
He has started sporting camouflage pants, black jackets and red baseball caps.
If that outfit sounds familiar, it’s because the taxi drivers are trying emulate the Montreal police force’s protest look.
“I liked their idea and if they can protest this way, I can too,” said Hassan Kattoua, the self-proclaimed Taxi-Sheriff.
“Another day could be another pair of pants, like the green army pants.”
According Montreal Defence Lawyer Philip Schneider, the cabbie run the risk of impersonating an officer and could face charges.
In the Criminal Code, anyone who “falsely represents himself to be a peace officer or a public officer” is committing an offence.
Schneider said this is the case even though police officers are technically not wearing their official uniform because of their own protest – as it could still cause confusion.
He cited the part of the Criminal Code that states charges can be laid against anyone who wears “a badge or article of uniform or equipment in a manner that is likely to cause persons to believe that he is a peace officer or a public officer.”
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