Lawsuit Alleges Police Illegally Arrested Man and Used Excessive Force

June 2, 2010 - The Waterloo Regional Police are facing another lawsuit. Matthew Probert is alleging that he was illegally arrested and then police used excessive force. Mr. Probert suffered a number of injuries to his head as a result of the force used during the arrest (see attached photographs). Mr. Probert was charged with ‘causing a disturbance’, ‘assault police’, and ‘assault with intent to resist arrest.’ All charges were later withdrawn at the request of the Kitchener Crown Attorney’s Office.

This claim is one of a number of claims made against the police which involved illegal “person stops”. In this case Mr. Probert refused to provide ID to a police officer. The officer then grabbed Mr. Probert and caused a violent confrontation. The claim also alleges that Mr. Probert was subjected to an abusive strip search at the Division 1 police station. Video at the trial will show that he was forced to walk from the strip search area to his cell without his pants.

The claim is for $25,000.

The trial will take place on June 2, 2010 at the Small Claims Court at 20 Weber Street in the City of Kitchener.

For more information contact:

Davin Charney
Barrister and Solicitor