The 14-year-old, who has not been publicly identified because he is a minor, does not appear to have been physically harmed by the encounter on June 10. But his mother told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. that he is now afraid to leave the house.
“Is it because my son is Black?” she asked. “It’s not because we’re Black that we have to experience those kind of things. We’re humans. Poor child.”
Filmed at a bus stop by a bystander who has remained anonymous, the roughly 90-second video began circulating on social media this week. It shows a police officer pinning the teen down by his neck as another officer searches the teen’s bag and pulls out what the officer says is a stun gun. The teen does not resist the officers, and appears to be handcuffed.
“One year after the death of George Floyd, and we still have that kind of scene in Montreal,” Fo Niemi, the executive director of Montreal’s Center for Research-Action on Race Relations, told the Canadian Press. “It’s very disturbing.” read more..