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Montreal cop threatens to tie homeless man to pole in freezing cold

Posted by on Saturday, January 4th, 2014 @ 9:15 pm.

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By Staff  The Canadian Press

January 3, 2014 6:07 pm

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MONTREAL – Montreal police are to meet Friday with an officer who was captured on video telling a homeless man he would tie him to a pole for an hour in the freezing cold if his behaviour didn’t improve.

Police spokesman Ian Lafreniere said disciplinary measures could range from a verbal warning to a suspension.

The officer can be seen telling the man that if another citizen complained to police about him he would “tie him to a pole for an hour.”

The homeless man was wearing only a short-sleeved T-shirt and jean shorts that reached his calves.

Lafreniere said the officer’s comments during the exchange on Thursday afternoon, when Montreal was in the middle of a deep freeze, were “unacceptable” and “inexplicable.”

The comments were caught on tape by a passer-by who can be heard telling the officer he isn’t allowed to utter such threats.

“To me it was a humiliation for the guy,” said Adis Simidzija.

“It was like a game for the police. I was just like, this is unreal.”

“It really isn’t what we expect of our officers,” Lafreniere said. “It is unacceptable and, especially, inexplicable.”

Lafreniere said the man refused the officer’s requests that he get into a police cruiser or to go to a shelter for the homeless.

“I can’t tell you right now whether his (the officer’s) intention was to do what he threatened to do,” Lafreniere said. “But the end result is very sad.”

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