Video showing Montreal transit officers arresting a man by apparently restraining and choking him on the ground of a subway station has gone viral after a bystander shared it online.
Witnesses told CTV Montreal that the man attempted to use his girlfriend’s transit pass to get through the turnstiles at the Guy-Concordia metro station on Friday evening, before he was tackled by two Societe de transport de Montreal (STM) officers.
Video of the incident, which has been viewed on Facebook more than 70,000 times, shows the man lying on the ground and kicking as he struggles beneath the weight of the two officers trying to subdue him. A young woman, presumed to be his girlfriend, can be seen screaming and trying to help him as a third transit officer stands in her way.
At one point, the man can be heard telling the officers “You’re choking me” while the woman shouts “He can’t breathe!” at them.
Multiple witnesses called 911 because they said they were shocked by what they saw.
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