Hyderabad: A video of a policeman assaulting a handcuffed woman is viral on social media. Users claim that a French policeman arrested a young Muslim girl and forcefully removed her headscarf.

The video was shared by many people on Twitter and Facebook.

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Fact Check:

The claim that the policeman in the video is French is false.

NewsMeter performed a reverse image search and found a report by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). According to this report, this incident took place in Calgary (Canada) and the officer is identified as Constable Alex Dunn. He was working in an administrative position with the Calgary Police Service.

The same was also reported by Global News, Revolt and Newsweek. According to all these reports, the incident took place in 2017 in Calgary. The woman was standing against a wall with her hands handcuffed behind her back when Dunn attempted to remove a scarf from her head, and then she pulled away. Dunn continued to pull the scarf off and she struggled to stop him. Then, Dunn threw the handcuffed woman face-first to the ground. He was arrested in 2017 because of this incident and was released on October 26, 2020.

Evidently, the claim is false. It does not involve a French policeman and the incident took place in Calgary.


Claim Review :   Viral video of policeman assaulting woman is from France
Claimed By :  Twitter/Dr_A_H_Jamali
Fact Check :  False

Misha Rajani

Misha Rajani is a Fact Checker at NewsMeter. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from St. Francis College for Women. She has written a thesis on “ Role of social media in highlighting injustice”. Apart from pursuing a career in news writing, Misha is also skilled in graphic designing. You can follow Misha on Twitter @misharajani00

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