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How a headline-grabbing plant theft in Toronto’s Chinatown changed Canada’s citizen’s arrest laws.

RUNTIME: 11:11

When David Chen detained a thief at the Lucky Moose Food Market in Chinatown, the Toronto shopkeeper did not expect to be the one arrested.

In May 2009, Chen performed a citizen’s arrest on a brazen thief who had repeatedly stolen plants (and only plants) from local shops.

To David’s great surprise, he was the one arrested when police arrived — not the shoplifter. David and his colleagues faced serious charges, with a possible penalty of up to two years in jail.

They challenged those charges in court, but that’s not all: Chen and his legal team engaged Parliament to challenge the way the Canada’s citizen’s arrest laws were written. 

The results would not only change David Chen's life, but also Canada's Criminal Code.

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PRODUCED / DIRECTED / EDITED by Perry Walker

WITH INTERVIEWS FROM:

Chi-Kun Shi
Peter Lindsay
Peter Kuitenbrouwer
Alex Yuan
Joe Volpe
Stacey Nichols
Ricky Chan
Brian Kim
Beverley Kolbe
Laura Tarbat
Lisa
Tony

RECREATIONS:

CINEMATOGRAPHY by Ryan Haas and Jordan Kawai

ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY by Jesse Parnell

CAST:

ANTHONY BENNETT - Dennis Nimoh
DAVID CHEN - Frank Kang
COLLEAGUE - Roy Eum
DRIVER - Galen Brown
WITNESS - Trevor Walker


INTERVIEWS FILMED BY:

Jesse Parnell
Jordan Kawai
Galen Brown
Dave Gibson


COURTROOM ILLUSTRATIONS BY Monica Gutierrez

ADDITIONAL ARTWORK BY Adrian

ANIMATION BY Dave Gibson

COLOURIST Van Wickiam

COMPOSER Trevor Walker

INSURANCE Front Row Insurance

ARCHIVAL FOOTAGE PROVIDED BY:

David Chen
Brian Kim
Leonard Cloutier
Edward Akin
The House of Commons

ARCHIVAL PHOTOS PROVIDED BY Postmedia:

Stan Behal
Aaron Lynett
Peter Thompson

FOR CBC DOCS:

Executive in Charge of Production Lesley Birchard

Development Manager   Melanie Le Phan

Produced in Association with   The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

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