Laval teen claims she was racially profiled during forceful arrest

A 16-year-old Laval girl and her mother are demanding answers after the teen says she was racially profiled and beaten up by Laval police.

The alleged incident took place in the early morning hours of March 24 near the intersection of Montmorency and Brian Streets.

Saleanna Sylla was leaving a private party with a friend when the two had an argument. The friend left and it was shortly thereafter that Sylla says police showed up.

“The police braked right in front of me and asked me if I had been involved in a fight,” she said in French during a press conference held at the Centre for Research-Action on Race Relations (CRARR) on Sunday morning. “I simply told him ‘no, I haven’t done anything,’ and that’s when he grabbed my arm.”

Sylla explained she tried pulling her arm away and was then thrown face first on the pavement before being handcuffed and pushed up onto the hood of a squad car.


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