The SPVM has confirmed it is investigating a viral Instagram photo that appears to show a Montreal police officer raising their middle finger out the window of a police vehicle.
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The Instagram post states that the photo was taken during Montreal's protest against anti-Asian racism.
"On Sunday March 21st, during the march, some fellow marchers noticed a cop giving us the middle finger while driving behind the marchers," the Instagram page mychinatownmtl wrote in the caption.
"This is an unacceptable act that demonstrates how some members [of] the police force won’t take the crimes committed against us seriously."
The SPVM told MTL Blog in an email that "verifications are currently underway."
Xixi Li, director of the Chinese Family Service of Greater Montreal tells MTL Blog that the group plans to file a complaint.
"I hope that they will contact me," said Li. "People [were] asking us, 'how come we are being discriminated [against] at an event against discrimination?'"*
On Wednesday afternoon, the SPVM informed MTL Blog that it had determined the photo was edited. However, Li says the Chinese Family Service of Greater Montreal still plans to file a complaint. Read more here.
This article's cover photo was used for illustrative purposes only.
*This article has been updated.