PC Michael Theriault to appeal conviction for his brutal attack on Dafonte Miller
May 7, 2021
On May 12th and 13th, 2021, the Ontario Court of Appeal (ONCA) will begin hearing the appeal of PC Michael Theriault of the Toronto Police Service, who is appealing his conviction for his brutal attack on Dafonte Miller. PC Theriault was found to have used a metal pipe to repeatedly beat Dafonte during the altercation in December 2016. As a result of the assault against him, Miller was left with catastrophic injuries, including the loss of his left eye.
The Court will also be hearing the cross-appeal of the Crown, which is challenging the acquittal of PC Theriault for obstruction of justice and aggravated assault, as well as the lower court’s acquittal of Theriault’s brother, Christian Theriault, for his role in the attack.
On June 26, 2020 Justice Joseph Di Luca found Michael Theriault guilty of assault but acquitted him of the remaining charges of aggravated assault and attempting to obstruct justice. His brother, Christian Theriault, was acquitted of all charges. Michael Theriault was sentenced to 9 months in jail on November 5, 2020.
For More Information about the assault of Dafonte Miller, including the alleged cover-up by the Toronto Police and Durham Police, read here:
https://falconers.ca/dafonte-miller-and-his-family-deliver-victim-impact-statements-at-theriault-sentencing-hearing/ Sept. 24, 2020
https://falconers.ca/dafonte-miller-and-the-r-v-theriault-verdict-and-appeal-julian-falconer-insists-that-the-justice-system-must-learn-to-factor-in-the-role-of-racism/ Aug. 14, 2020
https://falconers.ca/court-to-release-decision-in-dafonte-miller-case/ June 24, 2020