This video shows a Canadian police officer assaulting a woman in custody in 2017
A video has been viewed tens of thousands of times in multiple posts on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube alongside a claim it shows a French policeman hitting a Muslim woman. The claim is false; the video has circulated in reports about a Canadian police officer assaulting a woman in custody in December 2017.
The video has been viewed more than 15,000 times after it was published on Facebook here on October 31, 2020.
The 59-second video shows a CCTV recording of a policeman slamming a handcuffed woman to the floor.
The Malaysian-language caption translates to English as: “French police are very cruel to Muslim women who wear hijab, they are very afraid of Islam, that’s why we are obliged to boycott products made in France”.
The claim circulated online after French President Emmanuel Macron criticised Islamists and vowed not to “give up cartoons” depicting Prophet Muhammad, sparking calls to boycott French products in the Islamic world.
The claim is false.
A reverse image search using keyframes extracted with digital verification tool InVID-WeVerify, followed by a keyword search, found a longer video of the incident was posted on October 28, 2020, on the YouTube channel of 660 News, a Canadian news station.
The video is titled: “FULL VIDEO: Const. Alex Dunn is seen slamming a woman to the ground”. The caption reads: “Dunn was charged with assault causing bodily harm in the Dec. 2017 event. His trial is underway in Calgary. This video, which is featured in the trial, was provided to CityNews by the court.”
Calgary is a city located in the Canadian province of Alberta.
Below is a screenshot comparison of the video from the misleading post on Facebook (L) and the YouTube video (R):