Canadian man who walked naked from his bathroom to find a female Mountie in his bedroom with a traffic ticket sues cops for abuse of power after they allegedly mocked him as ‘The Shower Guy’
- Kirk Forbes has filed a lawsuit against the Royal Canadian Mounted Police after walking out of his shower naked to find two officers in his bedroom
- Forbes said they were there to serve him with a traffic violation but claimed it was an ‘abuse of power’ when they entered his bedroom uninvited
- When he arrived at his local station to file a complaint, he claims the receptionist referred to him as ‘the shower guy’
A Canadian man who walked naked from his bathroom to find police officers in his bedroom attempting to issue him with a traffic violation has sued for abuse of power.
Kirk Forbes claims the officers with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police abused their authority in June of last year when they entered his home in Coquitlam, British Columbia.
Forbes said the officers had been attempting to serve him with a traffic ticket for allegedly passing a stopped school bus seven months previously.
He claims that after arriving at his home, they knocked on the front door which then swung open, prompting them to enter the premises.
Forbes said a female officer entered his bedroom to find him while a male officer remained in his living room.
Kirk Forbes claims the officers with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police abused their authority in June of last year when they entered his home
‘When I open the bathroom door, bang, right there, I’m face to face with an intruder in my house,’ he told CTV.
‘A little bit of panic set in. Fortunately, I did see the uniform. There’s such a gross overreach – an abuse of power – that I believe happened with them coming into my home.
‘I think Canadians need to be aware. It’s an erosion of not just my rights but everybody’s rights.’
Forbes went to file a complaint at his local RCMP station at which point he alleges the receptionist referred to him as ‘the shower guy’.
‘It was pretty concerning, not to mention embarrassing, to know that this situation has become water-jug banter at the RCMP hall.
‘If I get pulled over, or see some RCMP in the community, now do I have to look at them and have them know that I’m that guy?’
The suit claims that the two officers, who are anonymous, ‘abused their authority and power’ when they entered his home without consent.
Forbes also claims in the suit that the officers did not announce their presence and after leaving the shower ‘almost attempted to neutralize the home invader by tackling them’.
According to CTV, Forbes filed a lawsuit against the two officers, the Attorney General of Canada and the B.C. minister of public safety.
Coquitlam RCMP said in a statement: ‘The Coquitlam RCMP is aware of the Notice of Civil Claim and mindful of the ongoing court process.
‘In June of 2022, a member of the Coquitlam RCMP attended a residence to serve a violation ticket when they encountered what appeared to be an insecure premise.
‘Eventually, our officers were able to make contact with the resident, who raised concerns about their presence.
‘We believed that we had dealt with those concerns informally, however, the resident initiated a formal public complaint which is currently underway.’
Forbes had been in his shower, pictured here, when he says the two officers entered his home
The suit claims that the two officers, who are anonymous, ‘abused their authority and power’ when they entered his home without consent
Forbes filed a complaint with the RCMP, and alleges that the receptionist referred to him as ‘the shower guy’
Coquitlam RCMP said the matter was still being investigated.
‘This investigation will include a thorough review of the entirety of available documentation including radio transmissions and other related materials as well as the previous informal process undertaken to address any concerns,’ their statement added.
‘As with any civil claim against the RCMP, the Department of Justice will review the claim and prepare a statement of defence for the RCMP which will then be issued through the courts.
‘It would be inappropriate for us to provide any further comment at this time.’
Forbes also told the outlet that he is disputing the ticket officers gave him that day and that legal process was also ongoing.