The Hamilton Police Officer who stopped City Councillor Matthew Green in April of 2016 facing a Police Services Act hearing on Thursday in what will be a test of the police practice of carding, or as police say, "street checks".
It was a windy cool spring day on April 26, Green was waiting for a HSR 5-Delaware bus on Stirton at Victoria when he took shelter from the wind beside the Claremont Access. A Hamilton Police officer stopped and questioned him.
Green filed a complaint to the Ontario Independent Police Review Directorate. After investigating, the OIPRD substantiated Green's complaint and ordered a Police Services Act hearing involving the officer who stopped Green.
The hearing will be Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 10am at Hamilton Central Police Station. The hearing is open to the public, seating will be limited, and the hearing will be on the third floor.
The PSA hearing is noteworthy for many reasons: it's directed by OPIRD, the carding of Green is a high-profile, and Matthew Green has retained Selwyn Pieters as counsel to represent his interestings at the hearing.
Pieters is an experienced human rights and criminal trial lawyer, with experience arguing cases up to the Supreme Court of Canada.
He'll bring this experience into the hearing, ensuring the right questions are asked of all parties, and could dominate the hearing due to his experience in similar cases in Toronto.
I'll be covering City Hall meetings on Thursday, there will be plenty of other media at the hearing, and I encourage you to either attend in person or follow other media.