Last night a video surfaced showing a Quebec City police officer, later identified as Charles-Scott Simard, SPVQ badge number 3143, firing a teargas canister directly into a student anti-austerity protester’s face:
The canister hit Naomie Trudeau-Tremblay on the jaw, as can be seen in these photos by 99Media.org.
Trudeau-Tremblay will be taking legal action and there is a Facebook page up calling for Simard to be removed from all duties.
If the aim had been a little higher, things could have been much worse. Regardless of what you think of the protests, it is clear that shooting a teargas canister at someone’s face is wrong, disperses the teargass no differently than shooting it at the ground, and just plain dangerous.