Video showing detention of young black man by Montreal police draws criticism

A former RCMP officer says the amount of force a Montreal police officer used to arrest a young black man "appears to be excessive at first sight."

The cellphone video, filmed outside Henri-Bourassa Metro just after 5 a.m. Monday, shows the handcuffed young man being thrust to the ground by an officer, who then tells him to listen to him and get in the police cruiser.

The officer then picks the young man up and throws him in the back of a police cruiser, feet first.

An SPVM officer says at the end of the video that he was responding to a citizen complaint.

Former RCMP officer Alain Babineau says the amount of force used could have injured the young man.

"You see a great deal of force in use by the police officers, and on someone who is a much smaller and also handcuffed," said Babineau, who now works for the Centre for Research-Action on Race Relations (CRARR).

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