12-year-old boy handcuffed by Montreal police says he ‘felt terrified’ his father plans to sue

When Ammaar Kashif’s father asked her to hop in an exotic car, turn on the ignition and roll up the window at his uncle’s wedding in Montreal, he didn’t have to ask her twice.

But about 30 seconds after the car was turned on, a police car, the light bar on fire, flew to the scene. Kashif’s arm was twisted behind his back, he was handcuffed and then locked in the back of the officer’s car.

Kashif is only 12 years old. He said the officer didn’t tell him what was going on.

“It hurt,” he said. “I was terrified. And the handcuffs really hurt my hands.”

The incident happened around 8:30 p.m. on May 9, and Kashif said his dreams of one day becoming a police officer were dashed that day. Now he hates them, he says, and the incident “still terrifies me”.

The boy’s father, Kashif Inayat, said he would press charges.

As she told the story, emotion crept into Inayat’s voice. He said his family was dressed in traditional Pakistani attire for the wedding.

To spice things up, they had rented a few Lamborghinis and an Audi R8 for the event, Inayat said.

The cars were parked outside the lobby and the family were posing for photos when “I noticed that one of the car windows was down. So I asked my son to take the keys and raise the car. window”.

Inayat said that’s when a police officer arrived, jumped out of his patrol car and told the family, about 25 people, to stay back, Inayat said.

Ammaar Kashif, right, with her mother, Hina Kashif, at a wedding ceremony May 9 in Montreal. (Submitted by Kashif Inayat)

The officer approached the vehicle and the concerned father attempted to intervene.

The officer told him there had been complaints that someone was making donuts and driving recklessly, Inayat said.

“I said to him: ‘Sir, this is my son. He is 12 years old and I can identify him in my name,'” he said.

“He’s not listening. He twists my son’s arm, puts him in handcuffs, calls for backup and takes my son to his car.”

In captured video of the arrest, a baby can be heard crying as Kashif, quiet and docile, is handcuffed and led to the cruiser.

Begging the officer to release the boy

The boy was placed in the back seat of the cruiser, still strapped in. Kashif said he was asked for his name and date of birth.

Inayat said he begged the officer, explaining that his son was too young to drive and didn’t even know how. Other family members got involved, trying to reason with the officer, he said.

“But I could see in his eyes that he didn’t want to listen,” Inayat said. “He ignores everything that is said.

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As family members argue with police, 12-year-old Ammaar Kashif is detained as police claim he was driving a car outside a wedding in Montreal.

Other officers showed up and asked for ID, but Inayat couldn’t produce it easily because he had no pockets in his traditional attire. His wallet was in his wife’s purse, he told police, but he could get it.

The incident went on and on, while her son was alone in the car, Inayat said.

Eventually he was allowed to sit with his son in the cruiser, and after some time Inayat said the arresting officer made an effort to explain what had happened. The officer said he was also a father, he was responding to a complaint and that mistakes happen, Inayat said.

The officer offered to come to the family’s home the next day and formally apologize, Inayat said. He also offered the boy to go to the police station to try to catch up on the incident and help him understand what had happened, he said.

But Inayat said he had refused the offers, saying he would instead call on his lawyer.

Montreal Police Spokesperson Const. Gabriella Youakim said police would not comment on the interaction as Inayat threatens legal action.

Kashif Inayat, right, walks with his son, Ammaar Kashif. (Radio Canada)

However, she said there was a call to 911 around 8:20 p.m. on May 9 about car engines running in that parking lot. She said the caller reported someone was driving recklessly and doing stunts.

Both Inayat and his son said no one was revving the engines or driving recklessly in the parking lot that night.

Sounds like racial profiling, says dad

Inayat said it looked like a case of racial profiling. The officer approached the traditionally dressed Pakistani family with hatred in their eyes, Inayat said.

“His eyes went wide,” he said. “Nobody wants this to happen to their son.”

Inayat’s son Kashif said the wedding party continued after the police left, but it wasn’t as fun because no one was happy.

Inayat would like the officer involved to be disciplined and all officers to be better trained, he said.

“I felt like my son was being bullied by the policeman.”

He said he would sue because he was raised to fight wrongs, and he raises his own children the same way.

“Stand up for your rights,” he said.