Faisal Bhabha, an associate professor of law at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in Toronto, said Cooley “should be seriously considering a civil action for malicious prosecution and unlawful detention by the police.”

“It appears there never was a basis for the charge to be laid. Any alleged basis was clearly improper and quite likely discriminatory,” Bhabha said. “The laying of the charge would have had a chilling effect on the free exercise of Charter rights in the city and across the country. Therefore, the police should investigate to determine how such an error was made.”

  • @corsicanguppy@lemmy.ca
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    I’m glad this has been partially rectified, and I do hope there’s a little settlement for any lost wages and a LOT of policy re-vamping here.

    If he truly was supporting a cause merely of Palestinian independence - let alone a restoration of proper boundaries and safety from continued invasion - then I don’t see where this is more than hate-filled prosecutorial over-reach.

    In their defence, though, there’s been a concerted effort to conflate a religion with a government, and that’s as wrong a bandwagon for us to jump onto as much as it is disenfranchising the thousands of people living there but practicing a different system of beliefs (or none at all). It’s the start to an exciting internal purge based on beliefs from a people who should know better. Personally.