An arrest muscled SQ under a magnifying glass

Une arrestation musclée de la SQ scrutée à la loupe

Caroline Lepage

An arrest muscled of the Sûreté du Québec, became viral since a video was put on social networks, will be under a magnifying glass by the Office of the independent investigations, because the suspect had to be rushed to the hospital.

The intervention that is to react on social networks, occurred last Thursday along highway 20 is, at the height of Saint-Cyrille-de-Wendover, in Centre-du-Québec.

After seeing a vehicle stopped on the shoulder of the road, a police officer on a motorcycle of the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) would have stopped on the premises. He would have then found that the man in the video “showed signs of impairment,” according to the press release by the Office of the independent surveys (EIB).

“The police wanted to arrest the civilian, precise-t-on. An altercation would have followed, and the police, to restrain the man, the would him to the ground. “

It is at this moment that begins the video taken by his spouse, and shared more than 2900 times Tuesday on the page Facebook ” Spotted Police officers Zealous “.

The patrol of the SQ has his knee pressed to the height of the neck of the individual, who resists. His wife comes and shouts to him to remove it.

“As long as there going to give me his arm,” retorted the officer on the recording.

As George Floyd

This is reminiscent of the arrest of a disastrous of the Afro-American George Floyd, of Minneapolis, died after being held in this position for nine minutes.

In the case of the citizen arrested, the gesture of the police officer seems to last a dozen seconds, but the video, which was edited, does not mean beyond any doubt.

Thereafter, the video shows the man stopped struggling for several minutes insulting many times the police officer.

After a break, one sees that the patrol boat was joined by colleagues and that the suspect appears to be unconscious, in a way unexplained.

An ambulance was requested on the spot.

“One thing is for certain, this is not a technique that is recognised, taught and encouraged in Quebec, said the ex-policeman François Doré. In an altercation, the knee may end up there by mistake. It is not known if this is what happened here. “

The arrested man, Frederick Labelle, has indicated that he wishes to make a complaint in ethics and a civil action against the police officer who was handcuffed.

► To watch the video of the arrest, click here.

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