“There's no more symbolic place than Nelson Mandela Park,” Niemi told CTV Montreal.

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According to Veckqueth Stevenson, he was simply listening to music in a Montreal park with friends when police approached him.

“I heard a voice saying to me, ‘Turn down the music,’ and I turned down the music,” Stevenson told CTV Montreal.

When Stevenson -- who says he is legally blind -- heard an argument between a police officer and another man, he stood up to find his stereo and leave Nelson Mandela Park. ’ and I said, ‘I don't have any ID with me,’” Stevenson said.

According to Stevenson, a police officer then pushed him to the ground, bruising his head, spraining his fingers and cutting his lip.

Stevenson was subsequently arrested and brought to a police station where he was fined 9 for playing music in a park and charged with assaulting a police officer.

The Montreal police tell a different story from that night last May, saying that Stevenson was unco-operative and head-butted an officer -- claims that Stevenson denies.