Seatbelt ticket in alleged Montreal racial profiling case dismissed

A ticket for not wearing a seatbelt that the accused was preparing to argue was in fact a case of racial profiling was dismissed Monday in Longueuil municipal court for overly long delays.

Prosecutor Daniel Gauthier suggested the case against Joel DeBellefeuille be dismissed because the ticket had been issued more than 18 months ago, surpassing the maximum delay suggested by the Supreme Court of Canada. DeBellefeuille’s case for a $126 ticket had been put off five times. DeBellefeuille, who said he was wearing his seatbelt, was set to argue that the ticket was a lie fabricated by the police to justify pulling him over on the South Shore in October 2015 because he was black and driving a BMW.


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