Cpl. Joshua Walker is a reservist in the Canadian Armed Forces. He and his girlfriend, Samantha-Lynn Johnson, were at the Upper Canada mall in Newmarket, Ont., doing some Christmas shopping.
They were both wearing their masks.
When they stopped by the food court to get a bite to eat a mall security guard told them that eating in the food court was against the law. Imagine telling that to a pregnant woman!
And then security not only kicked them out of the food court, but out of the entire mall. But just them — which is odd, since other people were eating in the food court too.
Joshua and Samantha-Lynn put down their food, put their masks back on and complied. They started to walk out of the mall. They moved at a fair pace, considering that Samantha-Lynn is pregnant.
At first, they were actually laughing about it. They couldn't believe it. They were more stunned than upset. But then three angry security guards started marching right behind them — so close, it was strange. It wasn’t funny anymore.
And then one of the security guards grabbed Joshua as he was walking — that’s assault.
Joshua didn’t push or shove back. He just said, “don’t put your hands on me.” He said it three times, but the security guard kept assaulting him, even though he and his girlfriend were indeed walking out of the mall.
And then — as if the security guards just snapped — they all stomped on him. They jumped him. They pounced on him. Three, then four, then more.
They crushed him. They injured him so badly he had to go to the hospital.
And through it all, Joshua never hit back. He’s strong — he’s in the Canadian Armed Forces. But never once did he fight back, even though he had the right to do so in self-defence.
But the story gets crazier: when the police finally showed up, they arrested Joshua — and charged him with assault!
What an outrage. And it doesn’t even make any sense. Even as the security guards were pummelling him, Joshua actually had his mask on — but one of the security guards didn’t!
OUR PLAN FOR JUSTICE
As far as we’re concerned, this was an egregious attack upon an innocent man. We think Joshua deserves justice, so we are picking up his case on two fronts:
We're going to crowdfund a lawyer and help defend Joshua against the criminal charges.
But that's, not all.
We're launching a civil lawsuit against the security guards and the mall.
We want to get justice for Joshua!
This mask business has gone too far. Security guards are out of control. It’s madness. And in this case, there might even be an extra edge to it — why was the one black man in the food court singled out by security?
We need justice.
Few people seem to care about civil liberties these days — anything is permitted in the name of the lockdown. Even though Joshua had a mask on, they beat him up anyway.
Help us help Joshua. As he says, if we don’t fight back today, other people will go through something like this.
The legal bills for defending Joshua from criminal charges and launching a civil suit will be large. If you think is important, please make a donation on this page and help us cover these legal fees as we attempt to remedy a grotesque injustice.
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