Woman handcuffed and fined for riding escalator without holding handrail‘It was horrible, disgusting behaviour,' transit rider says after she is detained by police
A woman is outraged after she was handcuffed and ticketed for not holding the handrail on an escalator at the Montmorency metro station.
Bela Kosoian, a 38-year-old UQAM international law student, said she was on her way to class Wednesday, when she was stopped by Laval police.
"I was looking for money to buy metro tickets," said Kosoian.
Laval police Const. Nathalie Lorrain told CTV Montreal's Daniele Hamamdjian that Kosoian became aggressive when she was asked to hold the handrail.
"When they told her to be careful, she turned around and she started screaming at them, telling them she wouldn't use the rail," said Lorrain.
Lorrain added Kosoian was repeatedly warned that she would be given a ticket if she continued to resist holding onto the handrail.
"The police officers told me she probably had a bad day. She jumped in their faces right away," Lorrain said.
Kosoian countered it was never made clear that she was breaking any rules.
"They didn't tell me anything," she said.
When they reached the bottom of the escalator, she was taken into a detention room.
"I was always with handcuffs -- like a prisoner, like a criminal," said Kososian.
She was fined $420 -- $100 for not holding the banister, and $320 for obstruction.
There are stickers posted on the escalators at metro stations indicating that commuters must hold the handrail.
An STM bylaw states: "It is forbidden for all persons to disobey a directive or a pictogram posted by the Société."
But the STM said Kosoian is the first person to be ticketed for riding the escalator without holding the rail.
Kosoian said she intends to fight the fines.
Latest Tyranny/Police State
- Overkill: Militarizing America
- 17-Yr-Old In Critical Condition After Window Malfunction Leads to Tasering During Traffic Stop
- The Black Hole of the American Injustice System
- Oklahoma Woman Killed Fleeing Police in Drug Bust
- Baltimore Detective, Intimidated For Testifying Against Police, Resigns
- Dallas Cop Watched as Woman's Kids Taken at Gunpoint, Ignored Her Cries for Help, Drove Off
- A Half Dozen Laser Sights On His Chest, Still This Guy Asserts His Rights
- Two Innocent Men Spend 30 Years In Prison For Murder They Did Not Commit
FAIR USE NOTICE
This site contains copyrighted material the use of which in some cases has not been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. Such material is made available for the purposes of news reporting, education, research, comment, and criticism, which constitutes a 'fair use' of such copyrighted material in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner. It is our policy to respond to notices of alleged infringement that comply with the DMCA and other applicable intellectual property laws. It is our policy to remove material from public view that we believe in good faith to be copyrighted material that has been illegally copied and distributed by any of our members or users.