Montreal police are investigating the brutal beating of two young men who were swarmed Friday on a downtown city street in an incident allegedly sparked by racial taunts hurled at a group of black people, according to an Internet video of the pummeling.
The 23 second beating left the two Waterloo, Ont., men, aged 23 and 26 years, lying like they were dead on the pavement as bystanders laughed and hooted. As several people gathered around the men's prostrate bodies, someone is heard saying "don't touch their necks man, watch their necks" before police and paramedics arrived. A male voice close to camera then says: "Stupid idiot, why would he say that?"
The beating happened at about 10:45 p.m. near the intersection of Ste. Catherine and Peel Sts. in downtown Montreal, Const. Laurent Gingras said.
The two men, both white, suffered from minor injuries, bruises and cuts, but refused to go to the hospital, Gingras said.
The video of the beating was posted Saturday on LiveLeak.com and had been watched more than 3,680 times by Sunday morning. Gingras said he was passing the two minute, 13 second video on to investigators who had not yet tracked down suspects. Gingras said he could not confirm the Internet claim the beating was triggered by racial taunts.