A small and personal New Year’s Eve celebration rapidly descended into a turbulent and perilous situation. A distressing video shows police raid a home in Canada after neighbors informed authorities about the NYE party with only six people.
In Gatineau, Quebec’s fourth-largest city, indoor and outdoor private gatherings are currently prohibited until Jan. 10.
Some residents in Gatineau held a private New Year’s Eve party. Neighbors snitched on the partygoers, and police arrived at the home around 11:30 p.m., according to CTV News. There were six adults inside the home preparing to ring in the new year.
There is an unsettling video showing several police officers physically remove a man from the home. The man resists but is eventually forcefully plucked from the house by police officers, one of the cops is not wearing a face mask.
The video shows a group of police bring the man to the ground outside the residence. There is also a female being detained outside. In the viral video that has been viewed more than 4 million times, the sound of a female shrieking can be heard.
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“At some point, they had no judgment at all. You can’t treat people like this,” Mathieu Tessier, who appears in the video, told CTV News. “The truth is…they aggressed us.”
Tessier claims that he got involved in the altercation after a police officer allegedly pulled his mother’s arm.
Gatineau police, known as the SPVG, issued a statement on Twitter regarding the Dec. 31 incident, claiming that the residents refused to cooperate and attacked one of the cops.
“The video shows only an excerpt from the intervention,” the Gatineau police tweeted in French. “The individuals were recalcitrant and refused to cooperate. The individual arrested in the video had assaulted a police officer, hitting him in the face a few times.”
A Gatineau police spokesperson told CTV News that the individual seen in the video was charged with assault and obstructing an officer. The owner of the home was arrested and charged with refusing to provide personal information.
All six people at the gathering were issued fines for violating the COVID-19 regulations; the fines will cost each person a whopping $1,546.
Quebec City police said they issued 52 tickets on New Year’s Eve for violations of public health restrictions, according to the Global News.
Montreal police announced that they levied 34 fines between Dec. 21 and Dec. 27 to people skirting coronavirus rules, CBC reported.
“We ask for your collaboration to continue to respect health measures and collaborate during any police intervention,” the SPVG said.
Last month, another viral video surfaced out of Canada showing police assault and pull a taser on a young man, who was playing ice hockey outside.