The video was taken on Saturday, April 17 at Jean-Talon metro station. Two STM officers are seen wrestling with a person as two bystanders attempt to pull the officers off the individual.
As the officers attempt to subdue the individual, the individual appears to bite one of the officers and an officer then strikes them in the head.
The bystanders who are trying to help the individual can be heard imploring the officers to "stop." An SPVM officer is seen at the end of the video arresting the individual.
What does the STM have to say about it?
The STM released a statement on Monday and claimed that "as is often the case with this type of video, we do not see the entire event and the elements that led to the intervention."
The STM's chronology of the event is as follows:
"STM inspectors witness a person crossing the turnstiles without paying their right of way at Jean-Talon station."
"They join the person and challenge him."
"The latter refuses to collaborate and, in particular, to identify themself."
"The discussion lasts several minutes, as our employees try to defuse the situation"
"The person flees to the exit without having complied."
"Our inspectors go after them and physically intervene to immobilize them."
"The person actively resists and refuses to be still."
"During the procedure, the person bites the inspectors, causing injuries that require emergency treatment."
"The SPVM will also bring charges of assault causing injury."
Regarding the use of force, the STM insists the officers acted in accordance with "the model in force."
"The force applied must be proportional to the degree of resistance and aggressiveness of the person. In this case, the person was aggressive, actively resisted and bit our employee, in particular refusing to release the bite."
Montreal pro tip: don't do your hair until after you're off the metro. Montrealers know the struggle of using all their body weight to force open their metro station's doors only to get smacked in the face by a blinding gust of wind that smells like the city's stale, dusty bowels.
So why does entering an STM metro station feel like an amusement park ride? The transit company took to Instagram to share the answer in an eye-opening explainer video on its ventilation system and methods.
The wind, the STM says, is due to what's called "the piston effect."
"In the public areas of metro stations, there's no ventilation system in the buildings, themselves," STM engineer Annie Mcken explains in the video.
"Instead, the circulation of the trains ensures more-than-adequate ventilation and sufficient air change in the stations."
When trains move through stations, Mcken continues, they displace air, which then pushes its way outside or in — this is the piston effect.
This, plus what the STM says are more than 150 ventilation shafts and 90 mechanical ventilation stations, are enough for the network, Mcken concludes.
The piston effect in the Montreal metro is, of course, well-documented and has been widely reported.
It also explains why the STM has those unique "butterfly" doors.
In an online document, the company says the famous doors on a fixed central axis facilitate airflow in and out of stations, reducing resistance and making it easier for riders to enter or exit.
The STM's Instagram video on ventilation also explains how metro trains, buses and adapted transport vehicles are designed to refresh the air.
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SPVM spokesperson Jean-Pierre Brabant explained that "a man presented himself without saying anything to the employee from the STM started to hit the window with what looked like a hammer. From there — when he was finished — he left by foot," leaving behind approximately $5,000 in damages.
The STM employee told the Montreal police that they had no altercations with the man and were not harmed during the incident.
Brabant said the SPVM is still trying to figure out why this event occurred and told MTL Blog that investigators have yet to identify the suspect but are using the footage from surveillance cameras in the metro to try and do so.
If you want a visual of what the damage looked like, Étienne Fortin-Gauthier shared a video on Twitter of the metro after the hammer attack.
Videos posted to Instagram and TikTok show someone recruiting Montreal metro riders to engage in Squid Game-like activities — minus the bloodshed.
The hit Netflix show follows a group of contestants competing for prize money in deadly versions of children's games. The main character, Gi-hun, joins the competition after a recruiter wearing a suit approaches him in the metro.
The Instagram and TikTok videos show a similarly-dressed individual engaging with STM riders and playing some of the games featured in the show.
Contacted by MTL Blog, the person behind the social media accounts declined to identify themselves but said they're developing more content for their channels.
They also said they've given prizes to some players in the form of $50 and $100 Amazon gift cards — much more modest than the ₩45,600,000,000 (about CA$48,021,177.60, according to Google) grand prize in the Netflix show.
"I'm doing these videos because I'm having a lot of fun creating unique experiences for people," the account owner told MTL Blog. "Seeing the enlightment on the face of the participants, the people around and the reactions from the videos make it all worthwhile!"