Two off-duty Canadian police officers were brutally beaten by a crowd after someone sent them out as law enforcement officers when they met after their service for something to eat.
The two men, who are also brothers, were seriously injured when they were attacked late in downtown Montreal on Saturday night.
They were in normal clothing and out of service of the Montreal police at the time of the incident.
Images of the attack showed that the two officers were repeatedly beaten and thrown to the ground by at least six people on a sidewalk near the Emilie-Gamelin Park.
Two off-duty Canadian police officers were brutally beaten by a crowd after someone knocked them out on Saturday as law enforcement. Footage shows one of them lying on the floor
In the video, one of those present calls & # 39; you are not tough now & # 39; while the police are being pushed to the ground and kicked by the group.
Authorities said someone recognized the brothers after they left a restaurant and started shouting: & # 39; Civil Police & # 39 ;.
The video showed both officers trying to calm the situation when they were approached by the group.
They were immediately taken to a hospital. One suffered from a mild concussion and both were bruised, according to inspector Marie-Claude Dandenault of the Police de la Ville de Montreal (SPVM) Service.
Six people, including two minors, are being confronted with charges related to the shocking incident.
Inspector Marie-Claude Dandenault said: & Someone recognized them on a terrace, called & # 39; civil police, civil police & # 39; and the next thing they knew, they were circled and beaten and thrown to the ground.
& # 39; These six have been arrested, but there may be more. The people who have largely attacked them are all people known to our police forces, so (they) may have had contact with (the officers) in the past. & # 39;
Both officers work at Station 21, which is in the area where the attack took place.
Six people, including two minors, face charges related to the shocking incident that took place in Downtown Montreal on Saturday night
Images of the attack showed that the two officers were repeatedly beaten and thrown to the ground by at least six people on a sidewalk near the Émilie-Gamelin Park
Dandenault said the officers involved are now on leave and recovering at home after being treated in the hospital.
She told reporters: & # 39; We were deeply touched by this, we find this completely unacceptable. Such attacks are attacks on the police, but they are also attacks on the entire legal system. & # 39;
& # 39; I will be satisfied if I know that everyone who took part in it has been identified and arrested, & # 39; said Dandenault.
Mélina Geoffroy, 20, who lives in the Ville-Marie district, was accused on Monday of two counts of attacking an officer and two counts of intimidating officials of the justice system, The Gazette of Montreal reported.
Mélina Geoffroy, 20, (photo), was accused on Monday of two counts of attacking a public officer and two counts of intimidating officials of the legal system
She was released on bail and will appear in court next week.
A public prosecutor claimed that Geoffroy saw the attack happen and chose to record it. She also kicked the officers while they were on the ground before she handed the image to the police.
Tommy Janvier, 23, who lives in the Côte-Des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-De-Grâce district, appeared in court on Saturday and was charged with one count of attacking an officer.
He was released on Monday and would appear in court on October 7, according to the Montreal Gazette.
Janvier was also on probation at the time of his arrest. In June 2018, he pleaded guilty of breaking and entering.
He was sentenced to a 90-day jail term, suspended for two years, and ordered to do 100 hours of community service within a year.
Attacking a peace officer is a criminal offense and can, according to Canadian law, lead to five years in prison.
A representative of the Montreal Police Brotherhood said that the officers have the support of their union and that they will follow the case closely.
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