An English-speaking man who looks much younger than his age, Mr. V., then in his 50s, was on his way home from work when the incident occurred. He arrived at Lionel Groulx metro station close to midnight and was hurrying to catch his bus when he heard a voice mumble something in French. Mr. V., whose French is limited, did not realize that he had been addressed by an inspector of the Montreal Transit Authority (MTA), so he kept walking. He was then grabbed by the inspector and, within seconds, six other inspectors arrived and pushed him violently to a corner in the station. Although he displayed no resistance, the inspectors violently arrested Mr. V., handcuffed him, and dragged him into a closed room without informing him of the reason for his arrest.