An elderly man was restrained by excessive force and ticketed in Ottawa for honking his horn in support of protestors on Sunday, a day before a judge outlawed honking in the Canadian capital.
A bystander filmed two officers restraining Gerry Charlebois for honking his horn.
In the six-minute video posted to Youtube, a bystander films two police officers before and after restraining Gerry Charlebois.
“What did he do wrong?” the witness requested.
“None of your f****** concern, man,” one officer replied.
Ultimately, an officer grabbed Charlebois and attempted to restrain him, bringing the older man to his knees and handcuffing him against his van.
“I meant no harm,” Charlebois told the Toronto Sun on Tuesday. “I just gave the trucker a thumbs-up and a honk.”
Charlebois was issued a $118 ticket for “unnecessary noise,” according to the Toronto Sun. While he wasn’t officially arrested, he did sustain injuries in the incident.
An Ontario Superior Court Justice temporarily banned honking and air horn blowing for ten days on Monday. The ban was a response to a lawsuit from an Ottawa resident who sued over the excessive noise level.
Going on day 12, the daily demonstrations began as a protest against cross-border vaccine mandates for truckers but have since expanded to call for the dismantling of nearly all COVID-related restrictions.
Protests heightened on Tuesday as demonstrators blocked the Ambassador Bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario. The bridge is the busiest border crossing between the U.S. and Canada, carrying 25% of all trade between the two countries.
Quebec MP Joël Lightbound resigned Tuesday after accusing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of dividing the people of Canada. Lightbound said the federal government’s pandemic response has become politicized and divisive to its citizens.
During an emergency debate in the House of Commons Monday, Trudeau criticized protestors and called them “a few people shouting and waving swastikas.”