11 people arrested after Sunday's protest in Montreal: SPVM

Jun 1 2020, 6:40 am

After thousands of Montrealers turned up to protest police brutality and racial profiling on Sunday, police say 11 people have been arrested.

According to Raphaël Bergeron of the SPVM (Service de police de la Ville de Montréal), “over 70 fines of mischief were reported” among the 11 arrests which include nine for breaking-and-entering, one for assault with a weapon, and one for mischief.

In a phone call with Daily Hive, Bergeron says other arrests could come “in the following days” and a police investigation is currently underway.

The anti-racism protesters clashed with local police after the SPVM ruled the gathering to consist of “illegal behaviours.”

The march consisted of Montrealers demanding justice in police brutality cases.

“As we denounce recent police killings in the USA, we also denounce police killings of Black Lives here in Montreal, from Anthony Griffin in NDG in 1987 to BonyJean-Pierre in Montréal-Nord (2016), Pierre Coriolan in Centre-Sud (2017) and Nicholas Gibbs in NDG (2018),” reads the organizer’s Facebook page.

The demonstration was hosted by three separate organizations that advocate for anti-police brutality and anti-racist causes in Montreal, Justice for Victims of Police Killings, non-profit organization Hoodstock, and media company Tout Le Hood en Parle.

With the risk of transmission due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers urged participants to practice caution by maintaining proper physical distancing and wearing masks.

Roughly three hours into the protest, tensions flared as protestors and police clashed. Protesters uploaded videos to social media showing the aftermath of police tear gas and rubber bullets, looting, and rioting.

 

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