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Montrealer to file complaint after police takedown

11/27/2013 01:17 EST | Updated 01/27/2014 05:59 EST
A Montreal man says he is filing a complaint against police, claiming he was roughed up by officers for a traffic violation.

Dirk Boder says he was ticketed more than two weeks ago for stopping his car in a no-parking zone near the corner of Peel Street and Maisonneuve Boulevard. He says he kept his signals on and had only stopped for a moment when he was approached by an officer. 

Boder says he was issued a ticket for a traffic violation and told to leave.

However, before driving away, Boder says he stopped and got out of the car to take a photo of the police van and get the officers' badge numbers.

That’s when things turned sour.

Boder says the officer came back and started to yell at him.  

"He gave me a few knees and bent my hand so hard and said, 'Do something. C'mon do something. You want some more? You want some more?' He was like a kid, you know. It was totally ridiculous." Boder said. 

Montreal police Sgt. Laurent Gingras says officers felt they were threatened by Dirk and responded accordingly.

“They unfortunately had to use force to control him. He was aggressive verbally towards the officers and to calm down the situation they brought him inside their vehicle," Gingras said.

Boder's 17-year-old daughter, Melissa, was in the car and jumped out to capture the incident on her phone.

She says she's lost her respect for police after seeing them behave that way.

“I just kept asking them why, what they were doing. But they wouldn’t acknowledge me,” she says.

To hear Dirk and Melissa's story, click on the audio above. 

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