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ACB Network claim police brutality during weekend arrest in Kitchener

A violent arrest at a Kitchener gas station early Sunday morning was caught on video
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We're learning more about an alarming incident in Kitchener over the weekend.

Video has surfaced of an arrest at a gas station on the corner of Westmount Road and Victoria Street early Sunday morning, an arrest the African, Carribean and Black Network of Waterloo Region is describing as an incident of police brutality.

The video was taken from across the street, where several bystanders were watching what was going on.

After a couple of tense minutes, the video showed officers moving in on a parked vehicle, and a man was pulled out and brought to the ground.

One of a few officers taking part in the arrest could be seen in the video throwing a couple of punches.

The ACB Network says the man on the ground, a Black Somali resident, was not resisting arrest and pointed out the bystanders calling out for officers to stop.

Regional Police released details of the incident shortly before the video was made public.

They say it all started with a traffic stop at Westmount Road and Karn Street.

Police say after the stop, the vehicle in question began to drive aggressively toward the cruiser.

Officers heard what appeared to be possible gun shots and called for assistance.

The suspect vehicle again drove head on at a police cruiser that was responding to the area to offer assistance.

The officers were able to maneuver around it to avoid a collision.

The suspect vehicle turned around and followed the cruiser in an aggressive manner before driving into the gas station parking lot, where the video starts.

No weapon was recovered, and the gunshots are now believed to have been fireworks set off in the area.

"We struggle with releasing such traumatic imagery," the ACB Network states in a Twitter post, which contains a link to the video.

"However, we record and release videos of the violence we experience because we are not believed, locally or globally.  We share these videos with the full knowledge of the trauma it inflicts on the original victim, their family, and our entire Black community."

The ACB Network says the community's well-founded fear of police are on display in the video, calling it an incident of police brutality.

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