Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Court should rule in favour of rights

Court should rule in favour of rights: "The scene: Early on a September morning in 1999, in a parking lot outside a strip joint in Brampton, Ont. Ten men were standing around. Nearby police received a phone tip that four of the men had handguns. The caller was specific about which cars belonged to the four, providing colours and models.

The issue: Did the police have the right to stop every single person who got into a car and then drove away?

In a case that landed before the Supreme Court this week, police and the Ontario and federal governments contend that Toronto police acted prudently in setting up a roadblock and stopping the first car that left the parking lot. To police, a 'gun call' was reason enough to assume that a dangerous incident was in the making."

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