A video showing a Montreal police officer kneeling on the neck of a black teenager sparked an outcry in Canada.
The 14-year-old was not harmed in the incident, which was filmed by a passerby at a bus stop, but has drawn comparisons with the fatal arrest of George Floyd in Minnesota last year.
The boy’s mother now says her son is afraid to leave her home in Quebec City.
“Is it because my son is black?” she told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
“It’s not because we’re Black that we have to experience things like that. We are people. Poor child.”
The 90-second video shows one police officer nailing the teenager by the neck while another searches his bag.
The officer removes an item from the bag and holds it up for the camera, saying the teen is being arrested for having had an electric bat.
The teen does not appear to oppose the officers and is apparently handcuffed.
Officials from the Service de Police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) say the officers were responding to a school fight involving more than a dozen teenagers.
Police later confirmed that two minors were arrested for carrying weapons and the incident was being investigated.
“If the use of force is not justified, the administration will take the necessary action,” said SPVM spokesman Inspector David Shane.
He warned that the camera angle in such videos could be misleading and that the juveniles did not cooperate with the officers before they were arrested.
The officer involved continues to work during the investigation.
“In addition, when intervening, we have to point out that the person who has the initiative is always the suspect. The police must respond appropriately and appropriately, ”Insp Shane told CBC News.
The Mayor of Montreal, Valérie Plante, has asked the SPVM to clarify what happened.
“The images that are circulating are worrying. This investigation should shed light on the whole intervention, ”she said in a statement to Radio-Canada.
“The images of the intervention once again confirm the importance of the implementation of body cameras that we are working on with our partners.”
Kneeling on a suspect’s neck is reportedly not banned by the SPVM.