WATCH: Cops roust youths from restaurant

Yet another video involving Montreal police is surfacing, this one showing an officer striking a young man in fast food restaurant.

This follows a video in which another policeman is shown threatening to tie an underdressed homeless man to a lamp post for an hour on one of the coldest days of the year.

The incident in the video is believed to have taken place on December 23rd in an unknown fast food restaurant.

The video shows a female manager yelling at a group of young men as a group of police officers enter.

The officers grab the men, push them towards the door and a cop then punches one of the men in the face.

Dan Philip of the Black Coalition of Quebec saw the video and says this is yet another example of police abusing their power. 

As a long-time activist denouncing perceived police abuse, he thinks the Montreal force operates under a culture of impunity.

"When people officers can violate people's rights without any sanction, they don't care what happens because they know nothing will be done against them," he says.

Montreal police did not respond to an interview request.

Video courtesy lechoixdepv.tv.

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  1. Max posted on 01/06/2014 01:10 PM
    The guys were obviously harassing the employees otherwise the cops would have not been called. The cops arrive & tell them to leave, most of them do except, if you watch the video properly, the one guy that walks towards the cop and raises his right hand. Of course the cop responds, what is he to do wait till the guy strikes him?
    Always same story, respect the law, listen to the police and you wont get into trouble.
    1. Mary Cavanaugh posted on 01/07/2014 11:16 PM
      @Max This is completely OUTRAGEOUS. Of course the police were called, because there was a disagreement between customers and a staff member. BUT where do the police get off - entering the restaurant and immediately THROWING OUT the youths who were in a debate with a staff member. The Police stand for LAW and ORDER. Not JUDGE and EXECUTIONER. Their duty was to present and ASK QUESTIONS to see if anyone was being treated unfairly or arbitrarily and THEN MAKE A DECISION.

      THIS IS EXACTLY WHY MY FRIENDS AND I WILL NEVER EVER GO INTO MCDONALDS RESTAURANTS AGAIN. THIS FRANCHISE REFUSES TO RESPECT CUSTOMERS AND IMMEDIATELY CALL ON THE NATIONAL GUARDS WHEN THEIR VERSION OR INTERPRETATION OF THE FACTS SEEMS UNREASONABLE.

      VERY VERY SAD - INDEED.

      AND TO IMMEDIATELY ASSAULT - ((>) ) AND THEN PUNCH THEM IN THE FACE? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? THE ONLY PEOPLE ON HERE WHO ARE JUSTIFYING THIS IS - YET AGAIN - THE POLICE BROTHERHOOD - cause in my seventy eight 78 years of life ....... THESE THINGS ARE COMPLETE OUT OF LINE - and have always been so.

      Police are highly trained to deal with these situations and should NOT act like a bunch of BANDITS like that. This is absolutely unacceptable and I just hope that the youth of today DO NOT FOLLOW THIS EXAMPLE......
  2. John Blais posted on 01/06/2014 01:13 PM
    Dan Philip is a joke, EVERYTHING to him is racist & the cops can do no good.

    At least I give credit to the cops for admitting that not all their officers are perfect, isn't it time to admit that not all members of his community are angles & innocent.
  3. Paul posted on 01/06/2014 02:23 PM
    I find Montreal cops to be big bullies and babies at the same time. They dish it out but can't put up with even a single picture being taken of them or they call it "intimidation". (Meanwhile they intimate our mayor into giving them a 3 day work week??!!). Montrealers deserve way better than this. Let's not forget that officer 728 would still be a Montreal cop if not for an important video taken by a bystander. So keep those phone cameras rolling!
  4. Joe Citizen posted on 01/06/2014 02:47 PM
    I saw the Video, where does the kid raise his arm? What a sad state of affairs when the underqulified and poorly trained Montreal Police have to throw a "Mike Tyson" like punch at full force to a kid who was complying and leaving the premises. If I was a Police officer I'd be afraid to be in an "actual serious situation" and not be properly trained to deal with the situation. C'mon this was a kid at a fast food place, even the manager should of been able to handle this...

    I like the way the Police media people always come on these websites and defend them... They are so easy to spot by the way they write their message...
    1. Barcham posted on 01/06/2014 03:36 PM
      @Joe Citizen I am not "police media" but those kids got off easy. Go to a big city in the US, say NY or Chicago or Detroit and lay a hand on a police officer and see what happens to you. This is a short video, only about 10 seconds or so which shows any interaction between the officers and the kids. We have no knowledge of why the police were called or if these kids were known troublemakers. What we do have is yet another video shot by someone trying to make the Montreal Police force look bad.

      The main problem is that kids today have zero respect for anyone. They think they are untouchable and should rule the world. I hate to disappoint them, but they're wrong.
    2. Paul posted on 01/06/2014 04:46 PM
      @Joe Citizen @ Joe. You nailed it. These other comments sound like they are coming from someone in the "police union". Brad C's comments in particular are so transparent. Thanks for pointing it out.
  5. Brad C. posted on 01/06/2014 02:50 PM
    This is nothing like the video of the police officer and the homeless man. The police were responding to a complaint of a disturbance in a restaurant. These kids weren't cooperating with police, the video is choppy, and they are obstructing justice (not following police orders). The article made it seem like the police officer just punched or was 'striking' an innocent person out of the blue, nothing of that sort happens in the video. Technically these kids assaulted a police officer, as seen in the video they are shoving the officer. I would encourage reporters to report the full truth so readers are not led to a biased view based on the partial information provided in the article.
    1. Joe Citizen posted on 01/06/2014 03:21 PM
      @Brad C. ( "Technically these kids assaulted a police officer, as seen in the video they are shoving the officer." ) STOP LYING, The kid does not assault the police officer. Videos are a real problem for the Police. It's all there, they can't lie like they used to !!!
    2. Bobby posted on 01/06/2014 03:52 PM
      @Brad C. The kid/guy who was shoved of course put their hands up. You would too if you had just been shoved a few feet backwards. It's called natural reaction to keep balance and defend yourself.

      An unarmed person should not be punched in the face by an officer when stepping backwards with both hands clearly visible in no threatening way. This is clearly another case of police brutality in Montreal.

      While I do not thing ALL Montreal police are this way, we need to crack down on the cops that abuse their powers. Just like the officer I watched texting on his phone while driving. Or the ones that I often see turning their lights on just to go through a red, then turn them off after.
  6. barry posted on 01/06/2014 05:27 PM
    Its time to replace these morons with the Canadian military.
    Unlike the mtl police force, our military are well trained but under paid. our police are not trained and over paid.
  7. Ray S posted on 01/06/2014 07:21 PM
    Even with blaming the police!

    The police have to deal with the dregs of society and those who should know better but act as if they don't.

    If they don't intervene, they are in trouble (and innocent bystanders may be harmed).
    If they intervene, they are in trouble (and THEY may be harmed). Either way, da**ed if they do, da**ed if they don't.

    IN this case, and the homeless man threatened to be tied to a lamppost, they dis THEIR JOB. You may not like it, but when dealing with adults acting like children and failing to obey the lawful orders of a police officer, the officer must resort to force or unconventional tactics. For their protection - and YOUR protection.

    Thank you police for making our streets safer and better for the vast majority of us. For those of you who persist in 'beating' on the police, who are YOU going to call when YOU are trouble? Thought so.
  8. ric posted on 01/06/2014 10:18 PM
    The punks first challenged the manager then one of them walked towards the officer after being told to leave. What ever happened to respecting the law and abide by it. The cop was right. If Dan Philip defends the criminals, then he's an idiot.
  9. More BS posted on 01/07/2014 05:42 AM
    If these clowns would have left the restaurant when they were told to it would not have come to this. You expect the cops to buy him a happy meal and listen to his stupidity.
  10. Paul posted on 01/07/2014 12:44 PM
    Cop did nothing wrong. The kid did not heed a lawful request and then proceeded to make forcible contact with the officer. This is not the first time I have witnessed young people engaging the police thing they are somehow allow to put their hands on the police while they are responding to a call. I really wish the parents out there watching this video would talk some common sense to their out of control, wannabe big-shot kids.
  11. Richard posted on 01/11/2014 08:58 PM
    Why is no one questioning the fact that it took 2 weeks to upload the video?
    I can shoot a video or photo with my phone and upload it in minutes?

    I guess it took the person that long to edit out all the parts that show the cops were right to do what they did
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