So this guy was walking down the street with his hands in his pockets to keep warm, minding his own business. Police officers stop him and demand he answer their questions. He was verbally hostile and refused to remove his hands from his pockets. Police physically forced him to do so, subdued him, handcuffed him, punched him twice in the face and searched his pockets and wallet without consent. Police left him lying in the cold for over 20 minutes before taking him to the station. He sued police for violating his rights and was awarded $9,000 in general damages + $18,000 in punitive damages because of the “contumelious (insolently abusive and humiliating) disregard” shown by the police and later $60,000 in costs.
Here’s the decision.
Source: CanLII – 2015 ONSC 2952 (CanLII)