Opposition councillors once again demanding inquiry into violent metro takedown

Opposition councillors at Montreal city hall are demanding for a second time an independent inquiry into a violent takedown at Villa Maria metro last month by STM agents.

Opposition leader Lionel Perez will table at next month's city council meeting a motion, supported by Snowdon councillor Marvin Rotrand, making that demand.

Their motion is supported by several cultural community and civil rights groups, including Center for Research-Action on Race Relations (CRARR) and the Côte-des-Neiges Black Community Association.

They made the exact same demand last month during a news conference which was dismissed by Mayor Valérie Plante and the STM, who at the time said their own three day internal inquiry concluded the STM agents followed protocol.

Two STM agents were seen on a video that went viral using their batons to beat a young man on the metro platform at Villa Maria metro March 7. The man allegedly was causing a disturbance with his basketball and accused of not paying his fare.

Perez and Rotrand claim neither the victim nor key witnesses were interviewed and that an independent inquiry is needed to flesh out the affair and restore confidence in the city and the STM.