MONTREAL — For some Canadians, the 90-second video evoked memories of George Floyd: A white police officer appears to be kneeling on the neck of a Black teenager who is face down on the ground on a Montreal street.
The police said on Saturday that they were investigating what happened after a video of the encounter drew an outcry from politicians and human rights advocates, many of whom expressed alarm over the way the 14-year-old appears to have been restrained.
The Montreal police said that the encounter took place on June 10 after officers were called to the scene of a fight among 15 young people near a high school in Montreal’s Villeray neighborhood. They said that two of the youths were armed.
It was not clear what happened in the lead-up to the encounter between the officer and the teenager. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported that the teenager was subdued by officers’ knees for less than a minute and that one officer said the youth had what appeared to be a stun gun.
Balarama Holness, a human rights advocate who is running for mayor of Montreal.
“Police need to be held accountable,” Mr. Holness continued. “These forms of techniques should not be
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