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Montreal's police force get a bad rap. Sometimes it's a little justified, like any time violence breaks out against protesters, and other times the SPVM sport leopard print tights and you think "ahh they're not so bad, just a little weird." Then things like this happen, and you realize why some people seriously despise the SPVM.

Outside of the Montreal municipal court located on 7777 Newman, an SPVM police cruiser was spotted taking up a giant handicap spot closest to the court house (the car parked diagonally in the space) by a Montreal redditor who, ironically, was on the grounds to fight a parking ticket violation, a battle he/she lost.

Compelled to document this major parking infraction (and metaphorical "suck it, we're cops and we do what we want") this Montrealer took some photos of the police cruiser stationed in the handicap space. The police officers driving the vehicle witnessed this action, and so inquired why the disgruntled Montrealer was taking pictures of their car.

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Approaching the Montrealer (intimidatingly, apparently), the officer (who was able bodied) asked why the citizen was interested in the cruiser. The Montrealer told him it was because the officer was parked in a handicap spot, being sure to point out the irony of the whole thing happening outside a court that handles parking tickets. In a nearly sarcastic tone, according to the Montrealer, the officer replied "everyone makes mistakes" and walked away.

Totally peeved, the Montrealer in question decided to let the world know and posted the above and following pictures on reddit. The post sparked a fair amount of debate, with over 85 comments, all of which centered on whether the police officers (allegedly there were two, with the younger partner being noticeably embarrassed) were in the wrong.

One argument in favour of the coppers is that they simply didn't know that the space they parked in was actually reserved for disabled persons. Taking a look at the aerial view of the parking lot, one could believe said theory, as the wheelchair insignia is quite faded and hidden by a puddle, with the spot itself lacking a sign indicating it is a handicap space.

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Debunking that rationalization is the fact that the space itself is quite large (nearly double the size of adjacent spaces) and is the closest a car can park to the court house. Certain commentators have said that the officers must have known the space was a handicap spot for those reasons, and if not, the duo were not the most perceptive of policemen. Plus, the car was parked diagonally, which points to a "fuck it, we do what we want" attitude.

The sarcastic tone taken by one of the officers supports the theory that the police officers knowingly took up the parking space, though the only source to back that up is the original poster, who obviously has a bias, and was probably already pissed about losing his ticket.

Read the whole debate here.

All in all, none of us were there, so we won't know the specifics of the situation, though the photo evidence still shows that a Montreal police car was, in face, parked in a handicap spot, for whatever the reason. Still, we can kind of believe that the cops would pull a stunt like this and not really care, chalk it up to their bad rap.


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