Alex Fisher, a 27-year-old Canadian, was beaten by a Surrey County police officer who later told him he was mistaken for a robbery suspect. In the early morning of Monday, February 8, he was cycling down a street near the city center when he saw a police car sounding sirens. Fischer slowed down to talk to the officer and find out what he needed. The officer did not give him the opportunity to utter a word, but simply jumped out of the car and threw him off the bike. Alex was hit several times in the face.
The officer later said that he mistook Fischer for a robbery suspect. That being said, the only matching details were the presence of a bicycle and a dark sweatshirt. A media relations officer for the Surrey Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Fischer was injured when he fell to the ground from a bicycle, although photos taken after the incident by Fischer show that injuries to his face and body were sustained by blows. The police also claim that Alex did not stop at the first request of the officer and resisted when he tried to handcuff him.
Supervisors will contact Fischer to discuss the incident while the circumstances of his arrest are pending. According to Alex’s acquaintances, the lawyer he hired recommended that the victim refrain from making any comments until the trial.
MASS MEDIA ABOUT THE CASE:
The FBI initiative group sought clarification on the current case from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Situations Bill Blair and Minister of Justice David Lametti. The initiative group considers it important to combat police violence and, if necessary, can provide legal and informational assistance to Alex Fischer.