The Ontario Provincial Police have requested that an independent investigation be conducted by their counterparts in Peel. A video that surfaced online showed one of their officers engaging in a physical altercation with a child at a Gravenhurst skate park.
The one-minute video, which has gone viral on social media, appears to show a group of young people riding scooters. Under Ontario’s state of the emergency act, the skate park was closed, and the officers “stopped to speak to a group of young people.” According to the OPP, the officer involved in the incident has been reassigned to administrative duties pending the completion of an independent investigation by Peel police.
The officers were requesting identification to ensure compliance with the stay-at-home order, which the OPP promised not to do “arbitrarily” in the video. According to OPP Commissioner Thomas Carrique, the police will focus on “complaints from the public and unlawful public gatherings” and will not stop individuals or vehicles in the park to check for compliance, as the Ford government ordered.