Sunday, December 3, 2017

'Panic Attack' ex-HA Clairoux dodges a trafficking bullet

Former Hells Angel Michael Clairoux beat another drug rap. It was a big joint-police force investigation targeting an Ontario Hells Angels drug trafficking ring that yielded more than 20 arrests — including two federal prison employees. Last week the case against its chief target — 43-year-old Clairoux — fell apart after a successful motion for unreasonable delay.

The Crown had already dropped proceeds of crime and possession charges against Clairoux
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Michael Clairoux says he injured himself when he fell during a panic attack while in custody following his arrest on July 1, 2014. As well, he says, the arrest has aggravated his PTSD symptoms.

Two police officers took exception to his Hells Angels T-shirt and Clairoux began to experience a “high level of anxiety and feared a panic attack,” reaching for his medical marijuana. He showed police his licence but was arrested for illegal possession. The charge was withdrawn before his first scheduled court appearance.
Clairoux claimed injuries: “While still in police custody, the plaintiff suffered a serious panic attack and fell to the ground and suffered injuries to his left shoulder, his right knee, and strained his lower back. In addition to the physical injuries, and of greater significance, the incident has affected the plaintiff’s post-traumatic stress syndrome. The effects have included difficulty sleeping."

Clairoux is suing to recover $2,000 in legal expenses, and is also seeking $60,000 in general and punitive damages.