POLICE STATE: Police Kick, Punch and Beat Suspect that was Lying Face down in the Snow with his Arm Spread
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Surveillance video showing the forceful arrest of a man suspected of robbing a pharmacy in Trois-Rivières, Que., has been released.
The footage shows 19-year-old Alexis Vadeboncoeur lying face down in the snow, with his arms outstretched as four Trois-Rivières municipal police officers approach.
It shows him being kicked and punched by the officers as he lies on the ground, surrendering.
Vadeboncoeur reportedly has facial injuries and a broken tooth.
In their police report, offices said the teen had broken into a business. They reported they had to use force because their lives were in danger.
Quebec provincial police Sgt. Gregory Gomez del Prado said the force's internal affairs division is investigating.
The four police officers have been suspended with pay.