Does the Act of Marking Protesters with Ink by the Montreal Police Constitute a Violation of Their Civil Rights?

By Sarah D. Pinsonnault That is one of the questions that will be addressed by the Québec Court of Appeal following the granting of leave to appeal of the decision rendered in Godin c. Montréal (Ville de), 2015QCCQ 5513 (a summary of which can be read here). Indeed, the technique of physically branding protesters, whether it be through the use of black markers or ink that can only be seen under UV light, is not necessarily a thing of the past. The applicants in Godin c. Montréal (Ville de), 2015 QCCA 1374 are protesters who took part in the “Occupy Montreal” movement. They argue that this practice adopted by the Montreal police constitutes an infringement of their personal right to inviolability and integrity of the person (art. 10 C.C.Q.), especially since no consent was given. The Québec Court of Appeal, presided by the honourable Marie St-Pierre, J.C.A., granted their motion… Lire la suite