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A Lawyers' Assoc. Demands An Investigation Into The SPVM's Forceful Arrest Of A Black Teen

The group compared the SPVM's tactics to those used in the murder of George Floyd.

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The Canadian Association of Black Lawyers (CABL) has issued a demand for a full investigation into Montreal police actions on June 10, when an officer was filmed kneeling on the neck of a Black teenager during an arrest.

In a July 20 press release, the CABL said it was "shocked and dismayed to see the news footage of a Montreal Police officer using the same technique that resulted in Mr. Floyd's death on a 14-year old Black boy on June 10, 2021."

A video posted to Facebook shows two SPVM officers arresting the boy for allegedly being in possession of a taser. One of the officers can be seen kneeling on his neck while searching him.

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It's not known how long the officer was kneeling on the teenager before the video was recorded.

While, in a statement sent to MTL Blog on June 18, the police said a "review of the police response and use of force in this event" was underway, the CABL is skeptical.

"Urgent action from our public officials — not just words — is required," they wrote in the release.

"We, therefore, call for a full and transparent investigation into this matter to be conducted."