Police met with Full Monty
By Dan Gauthier
Kenora Daily Miner and News
Tuesday October 17, 2006
Firearms activist Bruce Montague made a bold statement Monday to protest the strict security measures taken by police on himself and everyone entering the courtroom.
When asked to subject to a weapons search prior to entering his Charter of Rights and Freedoms hearing in Kenora Superior Court, Montague saved the Ontario Provincial Police security detail the trouble by stripping off his clothes.
“He left his briefs on,” said one of the officers stationed at the courtroom doors, armed with metal-detecting wands.
Montague said he was trying to make a statement with the move that the added security was not necessary.
“It was getting pretty indignant,” said Montague of the security measures.
“The fact that they were going through all these hurdles for me,” he added. “That’s pretty humiliating to be put through.”
Montague said, thankfully, the police didn’t escort him into the courtroom like they had in past appearances. There were, however, two plain-clothed OPP officers sitting in the body of the court for added security.
Crown attorney Peter Keen said it is the police who are in charge of security at the courthouse, but these types of precautions are not unusual.
“In courts throughout the province, measures like these are routine,” said Keen.
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