Montreal judge Juanita Westmoreland-Traore has released on bail a 33-year-old man caught on tape helping set two police cars on fire and jumping on the roof of another police car and smashing its lights. The man, David Johnny, a welfare recipient, also said he would vandalize police cars again, because he “hates the pigs.”
The judge granted bail on condition Johnny stay away from the Bell Centre and honour a 10 pm curfew. She did so in this case (and not in others) because the accused is an aboriginal.
Interestingly one of those who protested against the granting of bail to Mr. Johnny was Grand Chief Mike Delisle of Kahnawake: “”It’s saying ‘They’re poor little Indians”. It’s a slap in the face. We shouldn’t be held to a lesser standard than anyone else.’
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A Crown prosecutor is considering appealing the judge’s decision on bail.
Should he appeal?