on Friday, December 19, 2014 at 5:45pm I witnessed this heavy-handed arrest by STM security guards at the Vendôme metro. The video begins the moment I entered the station, so I did not witness what prompted this intervention. However, several people on the scene claimed that it all started when security guards approached a man (other than the victim) who was playing his guitar illegally inside the station. The second man (the victim) was chatting with the musician when the officers intervened. According to witnesses, the musician did not immediately respond to the security officers' requests, and the victim of the arrest verbally objected to their demands. He was eating a sandwich, and when a tomato fell on the ground, the agents tackled him to the ground, telling him that he had damaged the cleanliness of the metro. The victim's words during the arrest confirm what witnesses later proclaimed. We clearly hear the victim say on numerous occasions that he has done nothing wrong, and that he was only eating his sandwich. He seems to understand neither the cause of the arrest, nor why excessive force was used against him. When he demands to know the reason for the arrest, the officers reply to him at 3:30 "for refusing the audit". Alex Tyrrell Leader of the Quebec Green Party

Last Friday, I filmed a heavy-handed arrest by STM agents at Vendôme station. The video has been viewed over 35,000 times on YouTube in 3 days. The STM has now opened an investigation into the incident.

The opening of an internal investigation shows that I'm not alone in questioning this heavy-handed intervention. It also raises the question of whether STM inspectors are properly trained to carry out such an intervention in the network. subway.

Inspectors undergo only 10 weeks of training at the École nationale de police to do a job that is close to that of real police officers.

Here are a few articles on the incident:

99%Media: 

Journal de Montréal: 

MTLBlog:

VAT:

 

 

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