Woman Arrested After Posting Photo of Anti-Police Graffiti to Instagram


Montreal resident Jennifer Pawluck was arrested earlier this week after she posted the above photo of anti-police graffiti to her Instagram account. The photo shows a caricature of Montreal police Commander Ian Lafrenière with a bullet hole in his forehead, leading police to accuse Pawluck of criminal harassment against a high-ranking police officer.

Here is the caricature next to a photo of Commander Lafrenière:


The circumstances surrounding the arrest are still somewhat shrouded in mystery. Pawluck has expressed the belief that being arrested for sharing a photo is “ridiculous,” citing the fact that she is hardly the first to share a photo of that same tag. Montreal police, on the other hand, maintain that the photo is not the only piece at play here.

According to CBC News, a spokesperson for the department said that “there are circumstances that surrounded the publication of this image … that we can’t reveal because it is still under investigation.”

Here’s CBC News’ coverage of the controversial arrest:

At this point, Pawluck is prohibited from contacting Lafrenière, and has to stay at least 1 kilometer away from Montreal police headquarters until the matter is settled. She is scheduled to appear in court on April 17th to respond to the charges, at which point she intends to plead not guilty.

Instagram anti-police pic sharing tied to Montrealer’s arrest [CBC News via Gawker]

  • Jason Kim


  • yes


  • Leonardo Abreu


  • P Mason

    coordinator of media relations, please meet the streisand effect.

  • Burnin Biomass

    Yea, she was arrested over more than just one picture posting.

  • hdc77494

    Canada doesn’t have a second amendment…

  • Duke Shin

    “there are circumstances that surrounded the publication of this image …”

    Translation: “She posted a picture on the interwebs that I didn’t like and it made me feel icky. so I arrested her.”

  • Burnin Biomass

    From this article…

    “She distributed a photo of a bullet several weeks ago with the caption
    “we’re going to kill” along with another piece of graffiti that said
    “one cop, one bullet.” “

  • John Kantor

    They’re coming for you now – those fascist Canadians!

  • Ajay Fahlman

    Not sure what is meant by the 2nd Amendent comment? But you can still own rifles and pistols in Canada. In fact, California has stricter laws than we do.

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  • hdc77494

    Ms Pawluck was apparently arrested for so called “hate speech” against a public official. In the US, while her act is certainly in bad taste, her right to smear a public servant is rigidly protected by the second amendment because it’s political speech. In Canada, Great Britain, and many other european countries, government officials are now hiding behind so called hate speech laws in order to limit the speech of citizens. Yes, Canadians can still own guns, but if you speak out against the government, don’t be surprised if you end up in jail.

  • Burnin Biomass

    If you threaten to kill the police, I’m not gonna worry if they toss your butt in jail.

  • Hattrick58

    Wrong. The second amendment has nothing to do with an individuals right to smear a public servant. You have that confused with the first amendment.

  • hdc77494

    LOL I’m getting old.

  • Serhan Oksay

    So you must be careful when posting photos from Canada.. it seems to be a police state.

  • Forbs

    In the social networking system, there are two separate yet equally important parts. The photographers who take pictures of graffiti or their lunch and the police who spend time looking through shared photos. These are their stories.

    Law and Order: Special Instagram Unit.

  • DafOwen

    She has a restraining order on her too ?
    Yeah – does sound like there’s much more at play here than just the photo.

  • Ajay Fahlman

    To be fair, doesn’t the US Secret Service routinely pay visits to people who make comments or internet posts about political leaders?I don’t think it only happens in my country up north.
    Plus, their is a difference between criticizing a public figure/politician’s policies, and threatening their life.
    If anyone on this site woke up tomorrow and found posters all over the city with their face on it and a bullet hole, wouldn’t you call the police? I would. I certainly wouldn’t brush it off as art, or free speech.

  • hdc77494

    While it might anger the police, and they would investigste, no you wouldn’t be arrested for it.

  • Burnin Biomass

    Absolutely you could be be arrested for threatening the police in the US. Especially now with the rash of law enforcement murders we have had.

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  • Lalala

    There’s another graffiti in the streets in Montreal and instagram photos of it (oh oh) that reads: Friends don’t let friends become cops.

  • aa

    art and expression are frequently exaggerated! In addition, she is not the one who made the graffiti…

  • Bob

    That’s the French Canadians for you! Quebec is a Fascist state that has Language Police!!