Jun 26, 2020
By Christine Ross
An Ontario judge has found a Toronto police officer guilty of assault in an attack on a young Black man in December of 2016.
But while Constable Michael Theriault was convicted, his brother Christian was acquitted of the assault charge and a charge of obstruction of justice. The brothers were accused of chasing then 19-year-old Dafonte Miller and beating him so badly with a pipe that his left eye burst. Defence lawyers argued the brothers caught Miller and his friends breaking into a vehicle and acted out of self-defence, alleging Miller was the one wielding a pipe. The judge delivered the verdict live online to thousands watching, as the COVID-19 pandemic impacts court proceedings.