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Two people linked to the incident have since been arrested, while four police officers have been sent to hospital for their injuries.
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There was also a demonstration in support of black-owned businesses in the area at the time of the incident.
One person who witnessed the incident told Global News that he believed the amount of force officers used to detain the man was excessive, calling their actions “inhumane.”
“I would be aggravated, it is not at all fair. They handcuffed him and they still bring him to his knees and they were still on his chest and on his ankles as well as on his legs and ankles, ”said the witness, who did not want to be named.
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Images of the incident posted on social media initially show scenes of a black man pinned to the ground by a police officer after being shot with what appears to be a taser.
Another man, who is black, then intervenes and tries to push the officer out of the pinned man but is then detained by several other officers.
The witness said that by the time he arrived in the area there were at least seven or eight police officers above the man he described as screaming and in pain. According to him, the police then formed a wall to block the witnesses.
Social media posts have since criticized the agents’ handling of the incident, questioning the need for so many agents to restrain a single person.
“A black man with mental health issues has been brutalized by @torontopolice cops, even with requests from mob professionals who offered to help intervene to help,” wrote Hugh Anthony, who posted pictures showing what appears to be a large amount. police surrounding and pinning a person to the ground.
“The police ignored the request and assaulted the black man with mental health issues.”
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