Oliver MacQuat is raising a stink about it too.
A rural Gatineau, Que., family is angry at police who raided their home armed with loaded guns looking for a marijuana grow-op, which turned out to only be a skunk that lived on their property.
Auto mechanic Oliver MacQuat was home alone just before 8 p.m. Thursday when he saw flashing lights outside.
He thought a small water-bottling plant next door was being robbed, but then he heard a knock at his door.
The father of two was met by Gatineau officers who declared they had a warrant to search his home and arrest him.
“I thought I was going to have a heart attack,” said MacQuat, who was handcuffed and seated on a stool while officers searched his home.
“That scared the living daylights out of me. They were very respectful, but it’s very humiliating to be wearing handcuffs and to have people going through your house.”
He was told the skunk smell — which is noticeable when driving by — was also similar to that of a grow-op.
MacQuat insisted the skunk thought it was spring after the unusually mild winter weather but police were adamant it wasn’t a skunk.- Toronto Sun
MacQuat has every right to be angry. He and his wife’s life were put in danger by overreaching police. Don’t law enforcement need more than a smell for probable cause?
Hat tip- The Agitator