Artur Pawlowski was feeding homeless people in downtown Calgary when a dozen police officers surrounded him and slapped him with a $1,200 fine.
Apparently, feeding the homeless is not an “essential activity” and it violates virus lockdown laws.
But watch the video and you’ll see that the police swarm itself violated “social distancing”, and none of the cops themselves were wearing masks. But more to the point: since when did feeding the hungry become a crime?
The sheer insanity of what happened to Artur sounds like fiction.
The charity he was working with was operating outside, which is much safer than any indoor shelter feeding people in close quarters.
But that didn’t matter to the aggressive police officers who cornered him.
Since we heard about this incident, we have retained a lawyer for Artur — Sarah Miller, a Calgary civil liberties lawyer. In fact, this case is the first in our nationwide campaign to fight the extortionate fines issued by overzealous law enforcement officials during the pandemic.
Check out FightTheFines.com to learn more about our plan.
At that website, you can chip in to help us crowdfund our legal costs. And if you or someone you know has received an unfair ticket, you can tell us about it, and we’ll help you, too!
I can tell you that in the past 36 hours, we have accepted FIVE cases of unfair fines like this, in THREE provinces. And we’ve assigned a lawyer to each of them. We’ll tell you the other stories later this week, once our lawyers have reviewed the cases.
A typical case like this can cost between $5,000 and $10,000 to fight all the way, depending on how belligerent the prosecutors are. But we have made a decision at Rebel News: we’re going to fill the gap left by Canada’s silent civil liberties associations.
We’re going to take every case we can — dozens even — until this extreme policing backs down.
That’s why we have promised to fight Artur’s ticket for him. But obviously we need your help to see this through.
The five cases we’ve accepted so far will surely cost us $25,000 — can you please help?
If you’re disgusted by this abuse of our rights and freedoms, please chip in to help us fight for Artur. Let’s restore Canadian values once and for all.
Please click here or visit FightTheFines.com to help out.
P.S. Have you also been fined during the pandemic for no good reason? We’re looking to fight as many of these cases as possible — so, if that’s a “yes”, please click here or visit FightTheFines.com to contact us in confidence. You may be eligible for free legal defence, too!