Canadian police have once again come in the limelight for human rights abuses after footage showed police officers beating a robbery suspect in the city of Trois-Rivieres in Quebec Province, Press TV reports. The alleged act of police brutality was caught on surveillance video, showing four police officers kicking and punching the 19-year-old suspect, named Alexis Vadeboncoeur, earlier this month as he lay on the ground in a parking lot. The footage was played at a court during his bail hearing on Thursday. He is charged with armed robbery. On February 2, he entered a pharmacy while wearing a mask and holding a handgun. Only after a brief chase, he willingly surrendered but was beaten by officers, the video showed.
Vadeboncoeur hired an attorney and sued the police force, saying he was seriously injured from the beating as well as repeated kicks to his genitals.The officers were suspended and their guns taken away ten days after the arrest. It came only after the discrepancies emerged between the arrest report filed by officers and the information sent from a third party. Police in Canada have also been accused of raping and abusing aboriginal women in the country. The government’s careless response to the abuse forced Human Rights Watch to publish subsequent critiques of both the Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Bob Paulson and the government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper over their failure to address the issue. SAB/HN