March 16, 2018 5:59 am
Updated: March 16, 2018 6:02 am

Vandalism brings quick end to Montreal anti-police brutality march

Protesters take to the streets of Montreal in annual police anti-brutality march. Thursday, March 15, 2018.

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Three police officers and one citizen were injured Thursday night during an annual protest march in Montreal.

The march began at about 8 p.m. in Lafontaine Park in the east end under a heavy police presence but ended about a half hour later when police ordered the crowd to disperse.

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Police spokesman Manuel Couture says some shop windows along Ste. Catherine St. were smashed during the brief march and one person was taken to hospital with a head injury after being hit with a projectile.

Police also said three officers suffered minor injuries.

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Couture said at least one person was arrested and charged with assault with a weapon.

Protesters take to the streets in Montreal each year on March 15 to denounce what they claim is systematic racial and political profiling by the city’s police force.

© 2018 The Canadian Press

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