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Kelowna Shopping Cart Case

The shopping cart controversy that made headlines in Kelowna is going to court.

Last March, Kelowna RCMP began targeting homeless people with shopping carts as part of a crackdown on drug dealers. Police eventually backed down following a public outcry.

Kelowna lawyer Oliver Butterfield is representing a Kelowna homeless man whose cart was seized during the crackdown.

The man's cart was seized by By-Law Officers from the back of Kelowna's Drop-In-Centre. He allegedly took his anger out on staff at City Hall and was charged with causing a disturbance and uttering a threat.

Butterfield is trying to have the case thrown out arguing his client's rights were violated under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Among other things, Butterfield is arguing 'unreasonable search and seizure' and 'cruel and unusual treatment' of his client.

The case goes to court next week.


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