Black Montreal man wrongfully arrested for assault on officer suing for $1.2 million

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MONTREAL — A Black Montreal man is seeking more than $1 million in damages after he was wrongfully arrested in connection with an assault on a police officer and detained for six days.

Lawyers representing Mamadi III Fara Camara filed a lawsuit today at the Montreal courthouse.

Camara and his family are seeking about $1.2 million in damages from the city, police and prosecutors.

They are claiming Camara was the victim of many injustices including racial profiling, an illegal arrest and detention, abusive force by police and two naked strip searches.

Camara spent six days in detention after a police officer was allegedly disarmed and attacked with his own service weapon on Jan. 28.

Police ultimately exonerated Camara and in late March, arrested another person in connection with the case.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 14, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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