SIU Lays Criminal Charges Against TPS Officer Who Beat Black Youth
On July 18, 2017, following a full investigation, the Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Mr. Anthony Loparco, laid criminal charges of aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, and public mischief against Constable, Michael Theriault of 42 Division, of the Toronto Police Service. Constable Theriault is charged after beating 19-year-old, Dafonte Miller, while off-duty during the early morning hours of December 28, 2016.
Lawyer, Julian Falconer, who represents the youth believes the attack was racially motivated, and stated, “the major facts are as follows: my client is black, and he’s a black young male.”
Falconer went on to say, “the way police handled this case points to much larger systemic problems. Such as, Durham Regional Police not contacting the homeowner where Miller banged on the door for help, and questioning what was done to ascertain the sobriety of the two individuals involved,” when asked if he thinks the off-duty officer could have been drunk.
Additionally, the police never contacted the SIU, which investigates all cases of serious injury or death involving police in Ontario. It was Falconers LLP who alerted the SIU to the case.
The interaction resulted in the loss of the Miller’s left-eye, suffered as a direct result of the assault, which included the use of a metal pipe. Constable Theriault suffered no injuries.
Click to Play: Dafonte Miller 19, beaten with pipe by off-duty officer: Julian Falconer Interview CP24
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