|There was a massive police presence for a brief court appearance May 2 by Jean-François Émard. There were six uniformed officers inside the courtroom — some in regular blue uniforms, some in the green, military-style uniform of OPP tactical officers.|
There were more officers just outside the courtroom, checking the identification of anyone going in, writing down their names and birthdates, and going over everyone with a metal detector.
Other officers were outside behind the courthouse an hour or more before the prisoners’ van arrived. That’s where the sniffer dog went to work. When a prisoner arrived at the back door, a second police vehicle swung in close behind the first one and blocked the exit. Émard will remain in custody, and will appear again before a judge on Thursday — this time by a video link from prison.