I’m sure I have mentioned before that Montrealers are known for their political activism. On our different visits here before the big move we witnessed a wide variety of protests from Pro-Isreal/Pro-Palestine protests, to Anti-Guantanamo Bay Prison marches, to worker’s rights demonstrations. Everyone seems to get involved. That now includes the local police department.
The Montreal police have been working without a proper contract for some time, and have recently turned to strange measures to pressure the city into coming to an agreement. It started with the police wearing camoflage pants as a sign of protest. This was met with much resistance as seeing “soldiers” walking down the street with a sidearm isn’t exactly a calming site, and many immigrants here have fled war-torn military controlled countries and thus could be traumatized by seeing the police dressed in such a way.
In recent weeks, the police attire has grown increasingly…goofy? As the picture above illustrates, now it may not be unheard of to be arrested by an officer wearing purple leather pants.
I can’t speak from experience, but I imagine it would be hard to take someone seriously if they’re reading you your Miranda rights while dressed like they are about to go to a rave. Just my two-cents…
As always…Montreal is always full of surprises!