Montreal man upset after police detained him in cruiser for jaywalking

A Plateau resident says he was unfairly detained and "treated like a criminal" by Montreal police after jaywalking late at night.

Alex Costa was walking home from a workout at his 24-hour gym just after midnight Tuesday and crossed Duluth Avenue — but not at an intersection.

That's when he says two police officers approached him and told him he had jaywalked. He said he didn't even realize he was being stopped for crossing in the middle of the street, then was surprised because there were no cars or people on the narrow, one-way street.

The officers asked him for his name, and looked him up. He said the officer told him his name wasn't in the system.

They asked for ID, but he didn't have any on him. Then came more questions — where was he coming from, did he have a criminal record?


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