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Toronto police charge man after video surfaces of violent incident at Leafs game

Toronto police charge man after video surfaces of violent incident at Leafs game
Toronto police charge man after video surfaces of violent incident at Leafs game

Toronto police said Monday they have charged a 37-year-old man after video surfaced on social media of a security guard putting his knee on someone’s head following a Toronto Maple Leafs game on Saturday.

The video shows a security guard at Scotiabank Arena arresting a man and kneeing him in the face while they hold him down, before placing his head on the ground in a pool of blood. Another person can be seen holding the man down.

The video doesn’t show what led up to the incident, but both Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) and Toronto police announced over the weekend that they were investigating the situation. The video was shared on Reddit and X, formerly Twitter.

On Monday, Toronto police alleged that an Ancaster, Ontario, man became “confrontational” with security and subsequently attacked three guards.

A police officer who arrived at the arena lobby to arrest the man was also attacked, police said in a press release.

The incident sparked concern among Leafs fans on the stadium court.

In the video, someone can be heard shouting, “Hey, come on, get off that f–cking guy, he’s bleeding! Come on!”

MLSE told CBC Toronto in an email that it is “aware of a security incident” that occurred that day and is conducting a thorough investigation “in collaboration with Toronto Police.”

“We will not be issuing any updates pending the outcome of the investigation,” an MLSE spokesperson said.

The arrested man faces a total of four charges and is due to appear in court in mid-March.