I guess that’s what happens if you’re a blogger who “had been protesting the ticket he received for riding his bike on the sidewalk.”
LeBlanc is no stranger to controversy. No one has ever been given the full details of why LeBlanc was barred from the grounds of the legislature, including the lawn in front of the building, in 2006.
OK, if you ride your bike on the sidewalk, you deserve to be shoulder-checked.
And this guy sounds like a crazy butt-pain.
But now this may become a “free speech” issue.
Congratulations, Canadian police!
Reason mag explains that defamatory libel is a crime, not a tort, hence our differing experiences, adding:
At least as scary as the raid itself is the fact that [City Councillor] Graham feels a need to explain at length (as you will see if you read the whole post) that
1) freedom of speech is important to the proper functioning of a liberal democracy,
2) people have a right to freedom of speech even if we don’t like what they say,
3) empowering police to arrest people who criticize them might have a chilling effect on speech.
(via Denyse O’Leary)