03/25/2015 01:53 EDT | Updated 05/25/2015 05:59 EDT

Maxence Valade sues Sûreté du Québec after losing eye

A 23-year-old man who lost an eye in a student protest three years ago in Victoriaville, Que. is taking legal action against Quebec provincial police, Radio-Canada has learned.

Maxence Valade alleges he was hit in the face by a rubber bullet fired by a Sûreté du Québec officer, while taking part in a May 2012 demonstration against tuition fee hikes outside a Quebec Liberal Party meeting.

Valade is suing the force for $250,000 in damages.

The SQ declined to comment, saying the case was before the courts.

In 2012, the SQ said Valade was injured before the protest. It also said any projectile that struck Valade wasn't theirs.

The province's police ethics commission issued a report a year after the incident. The report is still being studied.

Civil rights lawyer Julius Grey is representing Valade in the case. 

Julius Grey will speak with Sue Smith about the case on CBC's Homerun at 5:20 p.m. today.