Police brutality in Ontario: a police officer of Oakville suspended

Brutalité policière en Ontario: un policier d’Oakville suspendu

A police officer has been suspended with pay for having shoved several times for no apparent reason a young man in a parking lot of a shopping centre in Oakville, southwest of Toronto, in April last.

In a video released Saturday on social networks, you can see an officer of the Halton regional police push so hard the man he ends up on his behind. Surrounded with three colleagues, the officer gives him his bag in the launching of an aggressive manner. Despite everything, the man arrested by the police officers responded not physically.

“I deplore the conduct to be unprofessional and undisciplined shown in this video. I am glad that the chief of police has suspended the officer and that an investigation has begun,” said the mayor of Oakville, Rob Burton, on Twitter Saturday.

The victim was not a Black, but the quality of the video does not say if it is part of a visible minority. The man on foot was arrested because he would not have had to stay in that parking lot.

“I am extremely concerned by what I saw in this video, particularly the actions of four police officers present during this incident,” said the chief of the Halton regional police Stephen Tanner, by issuing a press release, Sunday.

“We know that this video undermines the trust that you have towards us”, he added.

A criminal investigation has been opened as well as another discipline relevant to this case.

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