Police officers in Gatineau, Canada purportedly went to a home and assaulted the attendees after a neighbor reported them for “illegally” gathering.
Le Journal de Montreal reported that a neighbor called the authorities when more than six people gathered “illegally” in residence and violated COVID-19 restrictions.
Gatineau Police Service (SPVG) said they intervened at a residence on rue Le Baron due to a citizen’s complaint around 11:10 PM on Thursday.
“The recommended approach was preventive. The agents asked for their collaboration to put an end to the gathering, but they were rejected,” Lieutenant Éric Simard commented.
Simard said the Gatineau police officers primarily intended to show a simple notice yet, had no choice but to issue offense statements amounting to $1,546 per person.
A man was also reportedly taken to the police station for additional information.
“He was released, but the file was submitted to the DPCP [director of criminal and penal prosecutions], who could lay charges,” Eric Simard said.
The SPVG lieutenant claimed the event needed six police officers to intervene, which is as much as the number of people in the gathering.
Footage shows police authorities assaulted one of the attendees and pulled him out of the house by his neck while a distraught older woman was seen trying to help the man.