A prominent Kitchener, Ontario, lawyer recently arrested and handcuffed in Tim Hortons, is not happy with the police and says he now has a new perspective on arrests in general.
Law Times reports that defence lawyer Hal Mattson has been charged with obstructing justice. He at one time represented Michael Rafferty, one of the accused in the murder of eight-year old Victoria Stafford of Woodstock, Ontario. Police say he was trying to influence witness testimony in the case although Mattson says he is no longer representing Rafferty. Referring to the murder suspect, he told Law Times:
“We came to a fork in the path that wouldn’t allow us to represent him, and I don’t think he would have appreciated our representation, unfortunately... Our solicitor communication had broken down.”
The arrest at the Tim Hortons went smoothly, according to police but Mattson says it was unnecessary to arrest him in a public place and hold him for three and half hours, only to release him later.
Mattson says he can now understand how people feel when arrested.
Police say what happened was consistent with normal procedure, a major component of which is to take people into police custody safely.