March 24, 2016 5:47 am
Updated: March 24, 2016 5:54 pm

Taxi driver or police officer? Montreal cabbie takes inspiration from the cops

WATCH ABOVE: Some Montreal taxi drivers are taking a new approach in showing their anger over Uber - by dressing in similar attire to police officers. Global's Kelly Greig finds out why.


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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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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