Video of Police Raiding Home for 'Illegal Gathering of Six People' on NYE Goes Viral
Canadian police storm private residence in Quebec, violently arrest residents
A video has gone viral online that shows a violent police raid of a private home in Quebec, Canada.
The disturbing footage was filmed on New Year’s Eve in Gatineau, Canada, a city in western Quebec.
A neighbor had reportedly notified police about a group of six people gathered to celebrate NYE in a private residence.
The call triggered a large group of police to arrive just before midnight to confront the residents.
Video shows the raid escalates into a violent brawl, with two of the residents getting dragged from the property and arrested.
“Quebec is currently in lockdown, meaning visitors from another address are not permitted inside people’s homes at the moment,” CBC noted.
In Gatineau, the fourth-largest city in the province after Montreal, Quebec City, and Laval, indoor and outdoor private gatherings are currently prohibited until Jan. 10, according to The Blaze.
Some residents in Gatineau held a small private gathering on New Year's Eve but were ratted-out by their neighbors.
The unsettling video on the ensuring raid shows 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 snow-covered ground outside the residence.
There is also a female being detained outside who appears to be extremely distressed.
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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NEW - Canadian police stormed an "illegal gathering of six people" in a Gatineau home after a neighbor ratted them out. The residents resisted.pic.twitter.com/Bl5tJmMOIN— Disclose.tv 🚨 (@disclosetv) January 2, 2021
"At some point, they had no judgment at all," Mathieu Tessier, who appears in the video, told CTV News.
"You can't treat people like this.
"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.