Investigation underway after video appears to show OPP officer shoving teen

James Marshall
April 21, 2021

The one-minute video, which has been widely circulated via social media, appears to show several young people on scooters in a skate park over the weekend when one of them is heard saying "they are asking for IDs" in reference to two uniformed police officers nearby.

The incident occurred on April 18, 2021.

"Consistent with the new emergency orders, OPP officers will not arbitrarily stop an individual or a vehicle, or enter a dwelling for the singular goal of checking compliance with the order", an OPP news release stated. Bystanders are heard yelling that the person who fell is 12-years-old; however, his age has not been confirmed.

Elsewhere, Kingston Police say they used the first weekend since Premier Ford announced the new restrictions as an opportunity for education and did not hand out any fines.

"Today I witnessed a 12-year-old get pushed over by a police officer at our local skate park in Gravenhurst, Ontario, and these are all local kids", wrote Ohare in the caption of his Instagram post, noting that the kid was "just trying to learn tricks on his scooter".

O'Hare did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The officers attempted to "interact with the youths" which led to a physical confrontation between one officer and one young person. "I want to assure everyone that the Ontario Provincial Police holds its members to [the] highest levels of professionalism and accountability".

OPP say that the officer involved in the incident has since been reassigned to administrative duties pending the completion of an independent investigation into the matter by Peel police. It was part of the province's most recent measures to combat the pandemic with hospitals buckling under the pressure of severely ill patients with COVID-19.

In addition to these restrictions, inter-provincial travel is also prohibited with the following exceptions: those who live or work in Ontario, health care matters, Indigenous Treaty Rights, child care or custody matters, transportation of goods, those travelling through Ontario to another location.

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