Police in Quebec are investigating witness claims that police officers trying to stop a bicyclist accidentally ran him over twice and then handcuffed him as he was dying on the ground.
On Wednesday, 48-year-old Guy Blouin died from injuries he suffered after he was run over by a police cruiser.
Witnesses say police went to pull Blouin over for bicycling down the wrong way on a one-way street. As they attempted to pull him over, they accidentally ran him over.
“He went under the wheels,” a witness told the Toronto Sun. Then the cruiser shifted into drive and accidentally ran over the man again.
“For an entire 15 seconds, he was under the tire in a fetal position,” another witness told Radio-Canada.
Witnesses say the man was lying on the ground spitting up blood and yelling “I’m hurt.” Rather than aid the man, police pinned him against the ground and told him he was under arrest even though he hadn’t committed an arrestable offense in the first place.
Witnesses say the police held Blouin in custody while they waited for an ambulance. They walked him over to the ambulance as he was doubled over in pain.
Blouin was pronounced dead several hours later.
On Thursday, 200 people rallied on the steps of a local church to call for action. Witnesses say after the incident, the police simply threw Blouin’s mangled bike in the trunk and went about their day.
The department is investigating the incident.
“Investigators have met with several witnesses, including police officers involved in the accident,” police Sgt. Ann Matheu told the Sun.