A man claims $125,000 from the SPVM for damages
Brice Dossa was arrested and handcuffed for several minutes since the SPVM agents did not have the keys to release him.
Brice Dossa, a 44-year-old man who was wrongfully arrested for stealing his own vehicle by the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) on November 3, 2022, is asking for $125,000 for the damages he suffered. he suffered during his arrest at the Central Market, under the gaze of numerous witnesses on the spot, according to information obtained by Radio-Canada.
The man remained handcuffed for long minutes, even after being found innocent by the police, since the latter did not have the keys to release him. The situation was caught on camera and went viral on social media, fueling Mr. Dossa's sense of humiliation. The City of Montreal has also confirmed that the man received a medical diagnosis of post-traumatic shock after the event.
The lawyer in the case, Me Fernando Belton, points out that the intervention resulted in his client not being able to work for several weeks following his unjust and undocumented arrest. The lawsuit against the SPVM also mentions that the officers engaged in racial profiling when arresting Mr. Dossa.
Several politicians had reacted on social networks, including the former leader of the Liberal Party of Quebec (PLQ ), Dominique Anglade, who was outraged by the unjust arrest of Brice Dossa and called for real change in such incidents.