May 5, 2015 2:56 pm
Updated: May 5, 2015 8:01 pm

Montreal police investigate video of May Day protest arrest

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Above watch: Montreal police are investigating after a video surfaced showing a man arrested by officers during May Day protests. Anne Leclair spoke with Claudéric Saint Amand, the man who captured the incident on video.

MONTREAL — Montreal police said they are investigating after a video surfaced showing a man seemingly being hit in the face by officers during Friday’s May Day protest.

The video, obtained by CBC News and only a few seconds long, shows an arrest already in progress as three officers are trying to subdue a man who is resisting.

A still from a video that surfaced showing a man seemingly being hit in the face by Montreal police officers during May Day demonstrations.

Claudéric Saint Amand

In the video, the officers are seen holding the man’s arms while another punches him several times, with a couple of punches landing around the man’s face.

A still from a video that surfaced showing a man seemingly being hit in the face by Montreal police officers during May Day demonstrations.

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WATCH ABOVE: Two angles of a video that shows an allegedly aggressive arrest by Montreal Police during Friday’s May Day protest.

The officers then lift the man in the air and bring him down. People are heard screaming off-camera.

A still from a video that surfaced showing a man seemingly being hit in the face by Montreal police officers during May Day demonstrations.

Claudéric Saint Amand

CBC News reported the man who shot the video, Clauderic St-Amand, said the protester looked as though he was separated from the larger anti-capitalist protest in downtown Montreal, and was sitting on a street corner before police intervened.

A still from a video that surfaced showing a man seemingly being hit in the face by Montreal police officers during May Day demonstrations.

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Montreal police spokesperson Ian Lafrenière told CBC on Monday the force is investigating and trying to identify the officers in the video.

A still from a video that surfaced showing a man seemingly being hit in the face by Montreal police officers during May Day demonstrations.

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