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Knee on the neck: activists accuse , but the police say it's not the case

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A screenshot of the police officer who appears to be immobilizing a demonstrator, during his arrest, placing a knee on his neck.

Radio-Canada

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Organizers of an event in support of Palestine accuse Toronto police officers of police brutality.

The Toronto chapter of the Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM), which was one of the organizers of a downtown protest on Sunday, posted images on social media of an officer appearing to immobilize a man by pressing his knee on his neck .

He claims in a written statement that the protester was brutalized and arrested and believes that the use of this immobilization technique reflects the tactics violent methods used by police around the world.

Toronto police deny the group's allegations.

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In light of the images we have seen of this case, we maintain that the police officer did not place his knee on the suspect's neck, says a spokesperson for the police force, Stephanie Sayer, in an email.

She says that the event was sudden and unexpected. Ms. Sayer explains that in situations where everything is changing quickly, officers are trained to use the force necessary to regain control and ensure the safety of everyone, including the public and police officers.

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In a statement released Monday, police said one of the bicycle officers present at the demonstration was pushed and found himself on the ground.

The video posted on Instagram by the Palestinian Youth Movement begins when a person is pinned to the ground by several agents. We do not see the clash that there would have been before.

The arrested demonstrator, a 32-year-old man, was charged with assault on a peace officer and obstructing the work of a peace officer. He is scheduled to appear in Ontario Court of Justice on January 25.

With information from CBC

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