Arrested street performer plans to fight charges
Police arrested Montreal Busker Stephane Moore at Place Jacques Cartier, for performing in the street.
The video of the arrest, below, shows several police officers tackling the man to the ground. The use of force has sparked outrage from many.
Reports say that the man had been warned repeatedly to leave.
The man arrested now faces three charges, including assaulting a police officer.
"Mr. Moore has not signed a contract with the borough," said Anik de Repentigny, a spokesman with the Ville Marie Borough. "Although he has a valid permit, he is not allowed to perform at Places Jacques-Cartier."
The borough said it manages Place Jacques-Cartier to ensure diverse talent and also to give new street performers the opportunity to shine at the popular tourist destination.
Moore was detained for 12 hours, according to his lawyer, Me. Robert Archambault.
"The city has, to use my clients words, autocratically [established the contract and call back system.]"
The lawyer also said he is analyzing the video, but plans to take this case to court.