'It's shocking': Homeless advocates decry violent incident between police, woman

A Montreal man says he witnessed an SPVM officer slam a woman's head against the trunk of a police car, and then strike her in the back of the head.

Jeremiah Hayes told CBC News he was on his bike around 4:15 p.m. Thursday when he saw two police officers trying to put a woman into the back of a police car near the corner of Berri and Ontario streets.

The woman was screaming and appeared to be in pain after the officers put her arm behind her back, Hayes said.

"She was wiggling a bit from that pain, from what I could see, and at that moment, one of the guys slammed her head against the back of the trunk … and then again with another blow with his fist to the back of her head," he told CBC News.

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