A Montreal driver says his passionate rendition of C+C Music Factory’s 1990 hit “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” earned him a $149 fine.
On September 27, Taoufik Moalla was driving to the store to purchase some water when the cheesy 1990s pop hit began playing. Without any hesitation, he began passionately singing along. As he belted notes in his car, he heard a police siren playing behind him.
“I was thinking they wanted to pass, but they called on the speaker, ‘Please go to the right side,’” Moalla told CTV Montreal. “I stopped and four police came, two on each side, and checked the inside of the car. Then they asked me if I screamed. I said, ‘No, I was just singing.’”
According to Moalla, police checked his license and registration and then came back with a $149 ticket. The offense? Screaming in public. A Montreal bylaw states: “to cause disorder by screaming” violates “peace and tranquility” and is punishable by a fine of $50 to $1,000 for a first offense and $100 to $2,000 for subsequent infractions.
Said Moalla, “I don’t know if my voice was very bad and that’s why I got the ticket, but I was very shocked. I understand if they are doing their job, they are allowed to check if everything’s okay, if I kidnapped someone or if there’s danger inside but I would never expect they would give me a ticket for that.”
He added that his singing wasn’t very loud. Apparently it sounded “just if you are happy and you like this song.” Though the ordeal was ridiculous, the Montreal citizen managed to keep calm. He recalled, “I said, ‘Okay, thank you,’ because I know I can contest the ticket. They were doing their job.”
Moalla will be contesting the ticket. He says that once he is in front of a judge, he will simply recount how he got the ticket. “Imagine if the Canadiens won a game,” he said. “All the fans are going to scream out of their cars. They’re going to sing. Are you going to give them all tickets?”
Humorously, his wife said she isn’t surprised her husband’s vocals resulted in a fine. Moalla told the press, “She told me, if it was for singing, I’d have given you a ticket for $300.”
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St-Laurent, CA — In regards to the different ways the police state attempts to extract revenue from the citizens it ostensibly claims to protect, nothing seems to be off limits. To illustrate just how far police will go to separate a citizen from the product of their labor, a man was given a $149 ticket for singing “Everybody Dance Now” while driving.
While this may seem like a story out of The Onion, it is entirely true. On September 27, Taoufik Moalla was on his way to the store to buy some water when a song he loved from the 90’s came on. As he happily sang along to the 1990 C&C Music Factory hit, he noticed a police cruiser behind him with its lights and sirens on.
“I was thinking they wanted to pass, but they called on the speaker ‘Please go to the right side,’” Moalla explained. “I stopped and four police came, two on each side, and checked the inside of the car. Then they asked me if I screamed. I said no, I was just singing.”
For singing in his car, four police officers surrounded him and demanded his license and registration. After running his paperwork, police then came back to the car with a ticket for screaming in a public place while driving his car. Seriously.
“I don’t know if my voice was very bad and that’s why I got the ticket,” he said jokingly. “But I was very shocked. I understand if they are doing their job, they are allowed to check if everything’s okay, if I kidnapped someone or if there’s danger inside but I would never expect they would give me a ticket for that.”
Moalla said he wasn’t singing too loud, “just if you are happy and you like this song,” reports CTV News.
Likely not wanting any of the four officers—who were extorting him for singing—to get violent, Moalla said he kept his cool during the stop, allowed them to write the ticket, and is most assuredly going to fight it in court.
“I said okay, thank you, because I know I can contest the ticket. They were doing their job.”
As CTV reports, he’s done just that and is currently waiting for a court date, which he said he was told could take as long as a year to take place. He said he simply plans to tell a judge how he got the ticket.
“Imagine if the Canadiens won a game. All the fans are going to scream out of their cars. They’re going to sing. Are you going to give them all tickets?” Moalla asked as he applied logic to the situation—unlike the officers.
And there you have it. Because of the tendency of the police state to make laws which criminalize normal behavior, an innocent man will have to go to trial to prove he wasn’t harming anyone for singing in his car.
Canadian police are somewhat notorious for these ridiculous violations. As TFTP reported last year, Tommy Boucher was at the Jean-Talon Metro station in Montreal when he was approached and fined for an act that is completely legal between two individuals—hugging.
Two Société de transport de Montréal (STM) inspectors approached Boucher as his arms were open, wearing his usual attire — a green shirt that read, ‘free hugs.’
“I was arms open wearing my green free hugs t-shirt offering free hugs to the passers-by and two STM inspectors approached me asking me if I had my permit,” Boucher wrote on his blog.
Because a man—who was simply trying to spread love and peace—did not have a permit, he was issued a citation for $101.
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Washington DC — When a house alarm went off in Southeast Washington, signaling that it had been burglarized for the second time in three weeks, police officers arrived at the scene, but failed to investigate. They returned again later after a concerned neighbor requested their service, and the security footage is making the homeowner wish that they had never stepped foot in his house.
“I was appalled. I was frantic because I was out of the country,” Clarence Williams said, describing his reaction when his alarm company contacted him about the second break-in at his house in less than a month. “[It was] the same scenario as last time, broke the glass and then once he shattered the glass he just pulled the glass out and was able to walk right in.”
Williams was hoping he could trust the police officers responding to the burglary call to take care of things while he was away, but he told Fox 5 DC that he was shocked to find that the officers did not even check the back door where the burglar broke the glass to enter the home.
“They came, knocked on the door, talked to a few people who were outside and left. My house sat open for eight hours,” he said.
Williams also told NBC Washington that when the officers spoke to his neighbors about the burglary, they made comments such as, “Well, what do you expect? You live in Southeast.”
After a concerned neighbor called police later that day to report the broken glass on the backdoor that the original officers failed to investigate, the department sent out officers once again.
When Williams reviewed the footage from his security camera, he was shocked to find two police officers standing in his living room, laughing as they read off a list of his belongings that were reported, and joking about his sexuality.
“Armani, Dolce and Gabbana—he’s probably gay,” a male officer says, laughing.
A few minutes later, a female officer can be seen dancing in the same crime scene she is supposed to be investigating.
“It’s very troubling and disgusting and I think it’s a testament to the lack of training the police are receiving,” Williams said. “I believe if they were receiving the proper training things like this wouldn’t happen and they wouldn’t just do things like this in the midst of a crime scene.”
In response to the incident, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser said, “I don’t approve of the language that was used or the conduct of our officers.”
In a statement to NBC Washington, a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police Department said the two officers featured in the security footage “have been placed on non-contact status for misconduct,” and an internal investigation is ongoing.
“Their behavior is not representative of the ‘we are here to help’ environment we work tirelessly to uphold on a daily basis for residents and visitors of D.C.,” the spokesperson said. “We remain committed to providing positive interactions with all and hold the trust of the community in high regards.”
While Williams said that the female officer later visited his home and personally apologized, he noted that he wanted to release the video of the officers’ actions in hopes that others would learn from their mistakes.
“We’ve got police out here, dancing in my home and acting as if this is a joke and this is serious. This is my life,” Williams said.
Unfortunately, cases such as this one are not isolated incidents. From officers blaming the neighborhood for the break-in, to failing to investigate, to making fun of a victim at a crime scene, it remains to be seen whether the presence of clear video footage will ensure that the offending officers are held accountable for their actions.
Source Article from http://thefreethoughtproject.com/dc-cops-joke-crime-scene-burglary-victims-home/
Dwight: “Kelly, it’s Dwight. We need to talk. I don’t think this is working out.”
Man: “Uh, hey babe. Sorry I didn’t, uh, call you this week. I uh, was really busy at work, and I didn’t feel like it.”
Man #2: “I’m just not looking for anything exclusive right now, but, you know”…
Margaret: I-I don’t get the title. “Dwongarius?”
Yvonne: Yeah, I think it’s the first letter of all her ex-boyfriends just, you know, mushed together.
Man #3: “I kind of feel like I need more space.”
Man #4: “Uhh, I don’t think I’m coming out tonight. I’m gonna stay home and play video games.”
Chelsea: You know who would’ve made fun of this and hated it? Blonde Kelly.
Gina: Okay, you know what? Be nice.
Chelsea: You’re enjoying this?
Gina: I find the piece challenging.
Man #5: “We’re just hanging out. I don’t think we should take this too seriously.”
Gina: Oh, where were you? Kelly’s gonna be so pissed. Did you bring flowers?
Man #6: We can still hang out, but as long as we get to see other people.
Man #7: “I know you told me never to call you again, but I think I left my vape pen at your house.”
Kelly: I…only…need… ME!
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Margaret: Honey, we’re not crying because of you. We’re crying because Ozzie’s dead.