Officer injured in clash with clandestine partygoers
Published Wednesday, July 4, 2012 7:25AM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, July 4, 2012 8:45PM EDT
A veteran police officer suffered serious head injuries following a fracas with a group of rowdy party-goers in Montreal North early Wednesday morning.
The operation started with police showing up to deal with a clandestine party held in the basement of a store on Henri Bourassa near Drapeau and ended with 14 arrests.
The event began at 12:20 a.m. when police were called in to deal with a fight between 15 and 20 young partygoers. Police called for firefighters to help at about 1:15 a.m., explained Jean-Pierre Brabant of the Montreal police.
“While waiting for the fire department, another conflict occurred between a group of people. Police had to intervene and during the intervention, a woman police officer was pushed on the ground and she was injured,” he said.
The officer was pushed into the wall of an adjacent building and suffered a serious injury.
The 36-year-old officer with 15 years of experience on the squad was brought to hospital where her condition was described as stable. She was released from hospital several hours later.
Police arrested a total of 14 people.
“Two arrests were made for an assault on a police officer, another arrest was for obstructing the work of a police officer, and another 11 arrests were made regarding warrants that were against those people and breach of conditions,” said Brabant.
Those 11 remain in police custody, while the others were released on a promise to appear in court at a later date.
All of those arrested were aged between 16 and 20.
Police were calling it an illegal party because alcohol was being consumed in the presence of minors, and possibly being sold without a licence.