Video footage showing the forceful arrest of a man suspected of robbery in Trois-Rivières, Que., has been released.
The clip, captured by a surveillance video, shows 19-year-old Alexis Vadeboncoeur lying face down in the snow, with his arms outstretched as four Trois-Rivières municipal police officers approach.
It shows him being kicked and punched by officers as he lies on the ground, surrendering.
According to Vadeboncoeur’s lawyer, René Duval, his client posed no threat to police before the altercation.
Duval said Vadeboncoeur yelled “I’m 19, I have no criminal record. This is a fake gun and I’m surrendering,” before police got to him.
Duval, said his client sustained several injuries during the altercation.
“What the video doesn’t show is all the bruises that he suffered at the hands of police, especially in his testicles. Because he was repeatedly kicked in his testicles,” he said.
The footage was released on Thursday following Vadeboncoeur’s bail hearing at the Trois-Rivières courthouse .
The incident began when police were called to a suspected robbery at a pharmacy on Des Récollets Boulevard on Feb. 2.
They chased a suspect, who was hooded and armed, to a parking lot near the Trois-Rivières Cégep, where the surveillance footage was captured.
Vadeboncoeur can be seen tossing his firearm away from him as he surrenders and lies down on his stomach in the parking lot.
In their police report, officers said the teen had broken into a business. They reported they had to use force because their lives were in danger.
Quebec provincial police Sgt. Gregory Gomez del Prado said the force’s internal affairs division is investigating.
Vadeboncoeur will remain behind bars until his bail hearing resumes in March.