Shyhyde Douglas said he will not soon forget what he said happened at de la Montagne near Sainte-Catherine Street in Montreal.
The 18-year-old boy said police stopped him walking with a friend from a downtown bar just before 4 a.m. on June 29.
“A police officer got out of the car and another officer said to me, ‘You are under arrest,'” he told reporters at a news conference on Saturday, with his family watching on both sides. rice field.
Douglas said the officers didn’t ask him for ID or tell him what he did wrong.
“My friends asked my name while they were arresting me.”
The officers did not respond, he claims, but then other officers arrived and asked the first officer for the boy’s identity. Douglas said he told them he was the wrong person when they gave him different names.
“They checked my ID and found that I wasn’t the person they were looking for,” he said. “They still arrested me and put me in the car.”
Douglas claims police drove him to Guy Street and Boulevard de Maisonneuve about 20 minutes later and dropped him off without any charges. He claims that some of the same police officers had been harassing him for months.
“Ever since I got my license,” he said. “It’s been a little over a year since I got my license.”
Douglas plans to file complaints with the Quebec Commission for Human Rights and Youth Rights and the Police Ethics Commission.
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“We want to know what the suspect’s description is and whether he matches that description,” said co-founder and co-founder of the Center for Research and Action on Race Relations (CRARR). Secretary General Huo Niemi explained. Douglas. “The family disputes the alleged actions after learning the officer was mistaken.”
Global News was unable to obtain a response from the Montreal police on the allegations by Saturday’s deadline.
Douglas’ mother Talia Francis fears police brutality and racial profiling.
“It’s a stressful situation,” she noted. “I have other children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and I worry about them.”
They recommend reporting anyone you believe has been profiled by the police.