Mayor, Police Say They Will Investigate Violent Arrest Filmed in Barrie, Ont. (Video)

The mayor and police in Barrie, Ont., say they will investigate the arrest of a man on a downtown street caught on video.

In the video, the officer is seen struggling with the man on the ground, and holds what appears to be a stun gun to his shoulder, threatening to “light (him) up.”

The officer then hits the man on the head with the bright yellow device.
The cellphone video, shot by a bystander, ends after a second police officer arrives and helps flip the man on his stomach to be handcuffed.

Mayor Jeff Lehman tweeted on Thursday night he had seen the video, which was posted on social media, and that it will be investigated.

Lehman says there will be full accountability.

Barrie police also tweeted about the video, saying they will provide further comment once details are confirmed.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 5, 2021.

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    1. Frank P

      While I do not know the crime involved here, this violent act by the police and over zealous ( far to much adrenaline) on behalf of the Police Officer,
      requires heavy and swift action! Period! That young man, was NOT resisting arrest and could be heard screaming/crying. And no standbyer’s could do anything without fear of being drawn into that situation. The Police officer, needs to be arrested, and severely punished …that young boy is someones son, brother, grandson and friend….and what if it was his son in another city! There is only one word that describes what I watched, DISGUSTING! FjP

      February 6, 2021 at 3:02 PM

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