Video shows Quebec City police hitting and shoving snow in Black youth’s face while pinned, investigation ongoing

QUEBEC CITY – The Quebec City Police Department (SPVQ) announced Saturday night that it has opened an investigation into the violent arrest of black black teens. The video of the event circulating on social media shows police officers taking questionable actions.

In a press release, SPVQ said it was “aware of the videos” circulating regarding this intervention, which occurred “during the night of November 26 to 27”.

After viewing the video, the statement said, the behavior of the officers involved “is of great concern to the management” of the police force.

“Once informed, SPVQ consulted the said videos and took action in order to take all necessary measures,” the statement read. “It also states that the Occupational Standards Unit has been notified.”

Quebec liberal leader Dominique Engled said she found the video “extremely disturbing”.

“Honestly, I had to look at it twice, three times,” Engled said. “It was really worrying.”

Anglade said the SPVQ needs to be more representative of the population, and the external body needs to look at what happened.

“This raises a lot of questions and that’s why I think we should really have an independent investigation to get to the level of answers we need to get,” Engled said.

According to the SPVQ press release, the identities of the officers involved in the intervention are still being confirmed.

No details were given as to the reason for the police intervention, which angered many people on social media.

Professional boxer Eric Martel Bahweli retweeted the video from comedian Renzel Dashington’s Instagram account on his Facebook page, describing the behavior of one of the police officers as “disgusting”.

In the video, a police officer uses his boots to freeze snow in the face of a teenager who was pinned face down to the ground by other officers.

The young boy, a minor, is the stepdaughter of Martel Bahweli, who he trains at Nordic Boxing Club.

“First of all, I was very surprised to see the young man I knew and secondly, I was shocked, not to mention completely scandalous, when I saw the police officer’s gesture, which was inexcusable,” said the Canadian heavyweight champion. Interview with the Canadian Press.

A Quebec City resident said, “It doesn’t make sense. He’s a child, he’s a young man! He has no place with an adult, but here on top of that, he’s a young man who has not yet come of age.”

He said, “Obviously he is paralyzed, his arms behind his back. To do this to a young man, without justification, there is no place for him. We are talking about ‘service and protection,'” adding that he was waiting for news of the boy’s condition.

For Martel Bahweli, such a gesture exacerbates racial tensions between police officers and the black and indigenous community.

He said, “I didn’t really like it. They aren’t thugs, and they’re not bad kids. They aren’t bad kids in life, from what I know. I found it disgraceful.”

He is particularly worried that an incident like this will ruin all the interference he and his co-workers do with the youngsters at his boxing club.

He said that teenagers come to the club in search of sports and also social support, which is what Martel Bahweli provides. He also says he works with the Youth Protection Branch to help young people.

Despite everything, he refuses to throw stones at the entire police department. In his opinion, there are bad officers who discredit the entire force, and they are the ones who should be identified and removed from the ranks.

As a citizen of Quebec City, Martel Bahuely would also like to see black police officers in SPVQ and sooner rather than later.

“There are no black police officers in Quebec City! It is not normal in 2021, when you look at Quebec City and you look at the police force, which is supposed to be representative of the population, and there are no black police officers in Quebec City.”

On Saturday evening, newly elected Quebec City Mayor Bruno Marchand also responded to the video by posting a message on his Twitter account. Saying that he was “disturbed by these pictures”, promising that “light will be shed on these events.”

This report was first published in French by The Canadian Press on November 27, 2021.


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