Canada: Family Released Footage Of Police Raid After Neighbors Report Them For 'Illegal Gathering'
Trigger warning: The now-viral video showing Canadian police raiding the home of a family celebrating New Year's eve together is horrifically disturbing. 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.
In the video that has now been viewed more than 4 million times shows officers, one who is not wearing a mask, forcefully pull a man out of the home after a neighbor called in to snitch on the family for gathering together. The man is then forced to the ground.
The video is almost too hard to watch and it's pretty evident that before the footage began a woman was also pulled from the home. Her high-pitch screams can be heard in the background towards the end of the clip.
"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 says he was only involved in the altercation after police jerked his mother from the home by her arm. She is presumably the woman you hear screaming in distress.
"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."
Police say that only two people were arrested but that all six of the family members were hit with a $1,546 fine for violating current pandemic regulations.
Here in the United States liberal states are encouraging their residents to call in and report on their neighbors so that police here can take similar action against them. Some states, like New York, are trying to take it a step farther as they attempt to pass a bill that would make it possible to round up and detain anyone accused or suspected of having Covid-19 and holding them in detention centers. Which will most likely be hospitals.