Rule Breakers Allegedly Charged At SPVM Officers Called To Stop Their Illegal Gathering

Montreal police allege that 4 officers were assaulted in Outremont.
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Rule Breakers Allegedly Charged At SPVM Officers Called To Stop Their Illegal Gathering

The Service de Police de la Ville de Montréal aka SPVM alleges that four of its officers were assaulted Friday evening when they were called to break up an illegal gathering in Outremont

A spokesperson for the SPVM said a 911 call was placed at around 5:15 p.m. on January 22 to report several people inside a building near Rue Durocher and Avenue Lajoie. 

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3 Tickets later issued to curfew breakers in the Outremont area

When police arrived on the scene, they tried to obtain "collaboration" with those responsible, the spokesperson said.

He said the officers noted an infraction being committed in regards to Quebec's public health emergency order.

The Canadian Press reported that "dozens of people fled the scene, several wearing Jewish headwear." 

According to the SPVM, "the majority of the offenders decided to leave by charging physically the police officers." 

A general infraction report has been issued by the police officers and is set to be forwarded to the Directeur des poursuites criminelles et pénales (DPCP).

No police or citizens have been reported injured.

The SPVM spokesperson said three tickets were issued later that evening to people in the same area who were not respecting the curfew. 

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