MONTREAL - A Quebec student said she sued the Montreal police in order to set a legal precedent regarding the way the state treats political activists.
Caitlin (Katie) Nelson, a self-professed anarchist who was an active participant in the 2012 Quebec student strike movement, sued the City of Montreal and its police force for $24,000 for sexual, verbal and physical harassment.
Court documents filed by Nelson state that the police deliberately targeted her because of her political beliefs.
"My goal is to make it illegal to arrest or detain anyone on the basis of their political beliefs or how they look," she told QMI Agency Saturday afternoon.
To do this she is working with Julius Grey, one of Canada's most prominent human rights and constitutional lawyers, who filed the motion in Quebec Court on Thursday.
Grey did not want to speak publicly about the motion.
"Grey would not have taken my case if it didn't have the potential to set a legal precedent," Nelson said.