TROIS-RIVIERES, Que. — Four police officers who were caught on video beating up a teenage robbery suspect have been suspended with pay.
Surveillance video shows officers punching and kicking Alexis Vadeboncoeur, 19, in the parking lot of a pharmacy about two hours east of Montreal.
At the start of the clip, several police cruisers stop about 50 metres away and officers pull their weapons and approach Vadeboncoeur as he lies prone on the ground.
They jump on him and can be seen raining punches and kicks down on him as he covers up.
Provincial police are investigating the beating, which happened on Feb. 3.
Vadeboncoeur told a judge on Thursday that he suffered a cracked tooth and multiple bruises, as well as a boot mark on his crotch.
He's accused of using a rifle to steal $1,000 and prescription drugs from the pharmacy.
In an interview with QMI Agency from his jail cell, Vadeboncoeur said the rifle was fake and the beating was unjustified.
"The officers called me a damn loser and they started punching me...they said 'You're a loser' and they repeated it over and over," he said. "Things like this shouldn't happen in Canada."
His lawyer, Rene Duval, compared the case to the infamous Rodney King beating that triggered riots in Los Angeles in 1991.
The lawyer says he plans to file a lawsuit, as well as a complaint with Quebec's police ethics commission.