Canadian students angry as police brutality downplayed
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It was captured on video...a protest in May 2012 over tuition increases ...and this incident. In the video several people who appear to be doing nothing wrong are pepper sprayed by this police officer. The video went viral on Youtube, with hundreds of thousands of hits. Quebecs Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions has ruled that officer Stefanie Trudeau, known as 728, will not be charged with any crimes relating to the incident. There is however another internal investigation regarding violation of the ethic code. The Association for the solidarity of students or students or ASSE is one of the major student organizations behind the many protests. Benjamin Gingras is the spokesperson. Dozens of people provided statements about Trudeaus behavior that night. Investigators say Trudeaus actions fall under reasonable force and investigators says witnesses admitted the protest turned violent and the protest was deemed illegal and everyone was asked to leave the streets. ASSE is now demanding a public independent inquiry concerning police brutality during the student protests. The 2012 student strike resulted in the most arrest at an event in the Quebec province, some students were charged with terrorism, which was later dropped. Months after the first incident officer Trudeau was accused of police brutality captured on tape as she put one man in headlock.