MONTREAL – The mother of a 15 year old girl who was arrested in a park in Montreal when she was not in compliance with the social distancing has made a public release on Tuesday to request a meeting with the director of the police of Montreal, Sylvain Caron.
Lisa Sim believes that excessive force was used during the arrest of her daughter, Jia Li Ridell, whose images were circulated on social networks. A video shows two officers, projecting the young woman on the ground in the park Girouard, located in the Notre-Dame-de-Grace. The record does not show what happened before.
According to the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM), the social distancing was not complied with and there was alcohol on the premises.
“It is believed that there was no reason that they are so aggressive with my daughter”, argues, however, Ms. Sim.
It is hoped that his daughter would not be subject to criminal charges. For the moment, a citation for consumption of alcohol was given to him.
“Chef Caron, I address you as a mother whose daughter has been violently arrested. As a father, you can understand what it is to see your child on a video, treated as a criminal, by those supposed to serve and protect,” said Ms. Sim during a press conference in front of a neighborhood post of the SPVM.
“I invite you to come to us, meet with my daughter and as a human being, to listen to our story and feel our pain,” she added.
The girl was not present Tuesday during the press briefing.
“She is very disappointed and very anxious,” since the police intervention, said her mother, adding that she had lost trust in the police.
The girl of filipino origin, believes that his belonging to a visible minority group has played a role in the intervention.
“I do not believe that there was equal treatment for all,” said Ms. Sim, without saying that there has been racial profiling.
“We will never know”, she raised.
According to the city councillor for Snowdon, Marvin Rotrand, people are asking “why the police targeted the only child of visible minority groups and why they have used this type of force, projected to the ground, handcuffed and arrested”.
The response “excessive and exaggerated” shocked and angered the community, has been reported to Cesar Manuel, president of the Association of philippine of Montreal and its suburbs.
The SPVM confirmed that the file has been submitted to the Director of criminal and penal prosecutions, who will decide if charges will be brought against the girl.
“We would like to reassure the public that our law enforcement interventions are intended first of all the offences and not the individuals according to their origin, their sex or their age,” added the person Jean-Pierre Brabant.
The SPVM did not want to tell us if he had contacted the family or if he had the intention to do so.