Offensive’ police funeral procession protester wrongfully arrested, judge rules

There were no reasonable grounds to arrest or detain Eric Brazau during the funeral procession for Sgt. Ryan Russell in 2011, a judge ruled Friday. However, the judge also described Brazau’s conduct as “highly offensive.”






Eric Brazau, left, and lawyer Davin Charney, are shown outside Small Claims Court. On Friday, Brazau was awarded $1,000 in damages after he was wrongfully arrested and detained by police while protesting during Sgt. Ryan Russell's funeral in 2011.


A man protesting the funeral procession of Sgt. Ryan Russell was “improperly arrested and detained” by Toronto Police, a judge ruled Friday in small claims court.

However, the judge also found Eric Brazau’s “highly offensive, reprehensible and insensitive” conduct to be a mitigating factor for the police officers whose “sole purpose was to prevent him from disturbing the funeral procession.”

As the march moved through the Rogers Centre area on Jan. 19, 2011, Brazau held a sign that read “NO POLICE STATE” on one side and “ELECTICIANS (sic), SOLDIERS, PEOPLE DIE.”

Brazau testified that an unknown man pushed him to the ground and fled, but that police officers did not pursue his attacker, Deputy Judge Lewis Richardson said.

The “police ought to have at least investigated (Brazau’s) allegations and given him a chance,” said Richardson.

Instead, Brazau — the “victim” — was arrested for causing a disturbance and breaching the peace.

However, Richardson noted in his decision that the reasons for the arrest were unclear given the “inconsistencies” in the evidence of the arresting officer.

He found the police were more concerned with stopping Brazau from protesting than about criminal activity because Brazau was only charged when he refused to leave.

The judge was further “troubled” by the evidence of the detective who kept Brazau in an interview room at 51 Division for three hours. Brazau was released without charges after the funeral was over.

The officer took no notes of his interview with Brazau and did not get information from the arresting officers, said Richardson.

“The police may not have been objective that day, it was certainly an emotional day,” he said.

Richardson awarded Brazau only $1,000 in damages, despite him seeking $25,000, the maximum allowed in civil claims court.

He found that Brazau was treated courteously by the police and that he suffered no damage to reputation, no loss of income and had no legal fees to pay to be released.

“At most, he was inconvenienced and denied his right to protest,” said Richardson.

There are privileges in a civilized society, and one of them is being able to mourn and grieve without harassment or disrespect, Richardson said in commenting on Brazau’s conduct.

Still, it was not a reason “for the police to abandon their sworn duty,” he said.

He determined Brazau should receive $1,000 in costs, noting that his decision should not be considered a “total victory.”

“This is a joke,” a visibly angry Brazau said when the judge made his decision on costs. Outside court, he told the Star he plans to appeal the amount of damages awarded, noting that he is out $2,000 despite winning the lawsuit.

He said the judge should not have made a “value judgment” about his protest in a public space.

“The judge said that I was a victim … and that I was wrongfully arrested,” he said. “But I have been punished.”

Brazau’s complaint to the Office of the Independent Police Review Director was dismissed as “unsubstantiated” prompting him to bring the lawsuit. The Toronto Police Services Board tried unsuccessfully to have the motion dismissed before it went to trial.





Another example of how Police have protectionc from Judges to engage in crime.

The Police Review Board is CORRUPT


There is little or no purpose in filing a complaint with the Office of the "INDEPENDENT" police Review Director, This organization is to white wash or hide or dismiss complaints about Ontario's Corrupt Police

who are protected by our Corrupt Courts who also protect the worst of the worst

rather than prosecute the worst criminals who are amongst "the Authorities of Ontario".


Ontario, Canada's most Corrupt Province.