MONTREAL (CityNews) – A young black Montreal man is coming forward with his encounter with alleged police brutality by Montreal police back in April.
“They really scared me seriously and I didn’t want to talk about it. But now with everything happening in the world, I told myself it was the time to talk about it and to show people it is happening everywhere even in Montreal,” said Lloys Chatel.
In an exclusive with CityNews, Lloys Chatel says police showed up at his downtown apartment for a noise complaint.
That complaint quickly turned violent.
“I told them there was no party. And they kept staying there. Like what do you want? And they were like, we need to go in to see what’s happening and I was like you know what come in because I have nothing to hide,” he explained.
Three police officers went inside to find Chatel and his girlfriend.
Chatel then told the officers to get out.
“Then they wanted my ID and I said ok I’ll give you my ID but just get out of the house. They say no and I say can you get out lease I say it 3 times the third time I say it they just jump on me, told me I was under arrest, they threw me on the floor and jumped on me and handcuff me.”
“There’s nobody in his apartment, there’s nobody there, but the police still wants to go further, he has the right to be there, there’s no noise thank you go home and that should be the situation and that’s what we see with other people and he keeps on coming and he’s like ok come and see and that’s a huge mistake you never do that because there’s a risk,” explained Will Prosper, Community Activist and former RCMP officer.
“Police officers can only enter a house under special circumstances when they have a warrant when there’s a pursuit or when they are invited. He was trying to show good faith by letting them in, he was trying to collaborate,” said Virginie Dufresne-Lemire, Defence lawyer for Chatel.
CityNews exclusive: “I wish the police would just cooperate with us because we cooperate with them,” says Lloys Chatel, who filmed what he describes as a violent arrest by Montreal police in his apartment back in April. He’s coming forward with his story now, compelled by the movement for transparency and truth after George Floyd’s death. Alyssia Rubertucci has more.
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“When a police (officer) comes into a home there are at least some courtesy gestures they have to follow, and legal procedures they have to follow. In the video there’s seems to be no courtesy,” said Fo Niemi, Executive Director of CRARR.
Chatel was left with a bloodied head and mouth as well as threats from officers that he would be taken to court for fighting them.
“We have to wait to see if he’s going to be charged and see what are the options to maybe sue the city of Montreal because this is really problematic,” said Dufresne-Lemire.
So far, no complaints have been filed with the police ethics commission. Anyone can file complaints to the commission, not just the victim.
The SPVM told CityNews they cannot comment on specific files.
They ask any citizen who wishes to file a complaint with official bodies can do so at their website.
They added the video will be sent to the manager for appropriate follow-up.
“I wish the police would just cooperate with us because we cooperate with them.”