That a political science professor is intimidated by Chuck Norris only proves that regular order may still exist in this world.
Jokes about how tough actor and martial arts expert Chuck Norris is are legendary, with bigger-than-life offerings like: “Chuck Norris has already been to Mars; that’s why there are no signs of life there.”
Or this classic: “When the Boogeyman goes to sleep at night, he checks his closet for Chuck Norris.”
Which brings us to Francis Dupuis-Déri, a political science professor at the University of Quebec in Montreal, who recently filed a complaint against the Quebec City police department, claiming officers used a movie photo of Norris to intimidate protesters at last year’s G7 Summit, according to Fox News.
The photo was reportedly from the 1985 movie, “Invasion U.S.A.,” featuring Norris’ character taking on communists from Cuba, and was put on the side of a riot vehicle.
🎬’Invasion U.S.A.’ starring Chuck Norris premiered in theaters 32 years ago today, September 27, 1985 pic.twitter.com/hEqQmhpcRf
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“I thought that was in really bad taste and that it was a form of intimidation and threat from the police toward the public and the protesters,” Dupuis-Déri told the CBC.
The professor believes a photo of a heavily armed Norris undermines the public trust, though it may depend on whether the public backs police or radical protesters fighting the system.
Dupuis-Déri, who was participating in the protests of the G7 Summit last June, said he was “outraged” over the photo, according to the Canadian broadcasting company.
He named nine officers in his complaint, saying he focused on the incident because complaints were already filed for alleged excessive behavior by police.
“My complaint is really about this specific case and these specific police officers who were in the minivan,” he told the CBC.
Quebec City Mayor Régis Labeaume refused to comment on the complaint.
Norris, who celebrated his 79th birthday on Sunday, is probably getting a kick out of the story, though he did play down his reputation an action hero.
“I’ve got a bulletin for you, folks. I am no superman,” he once said, according to IMDb. “I realize that now, but I didn’t always. As six-time world karate champion and then a movie star, I put too much trust in who I was, what I could do and what I acquired. I forgot how much I needed others and especially God. Whether we are famous or not, we all need God. We also need other people.”
But that doesn’t mean the jokes don’t continue …
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