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Chief Saunders denies cover up - doesn't know why no investigation or why SIU not contacted

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Chief Saunders denies cover up - doesn't know why no investigation or why SIU not contacted

Update 2

Durham police refused to investigate even with a 911 call by victim logged and both Durham and Toronto police force refused to contact SIU and instead charged victim. Officers and his brother now charged, their father works for internal affairs investigation for the police

They charged victim for stealing cash yet he only has 13.50 on him
Durham Region Police Service, who responded to the 911 call and requested an ambulance, later charged Miller with stealing under $5,000 in cash, assault with a weapon (described as a “pole” in court records), possession of a weapon and possession of marijuana.

But Miller was the only one who suffered injuries that night and was “never an aggressor,” his lawyers say. The theft accusation was a fabrication and the $13.50 in his possession was his own money. They did confirm that 0.4 grams of marijuana was found on him.

At one point, he dialled 911, but one of the men grabbed the phone and told the dispatcher he was an officer who was making an arrest.


Falconer said the SIU was notified only after being contacted by his office, which suggests there was an attempt to cover up the incident.

Durham police maintain it was “the responsibility of the police service that employs the officer to contact the SIU.”

A Toronto police spokeswoman said Friday an experienced SIU liaison officer “looked at all of the information available at the time and decided that this did not meet the mandate of the SIU.”
http://nationalpost.com/news/toronto/eg ... 1cbdc9ca9c



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http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/toro ... -1.4215544
2nd man charged in assault investigation involving Toronto police officer

Christian Theriault, a civilian, has been charged with aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, and public mischief — the same offences faced by Const. Michael Theriault, who was charged Tuesday by Ontario's Special Investigations Unit (SIU).

Christian Theriault is set to appear in court next month.

"The allegation in this case is that Const. Michael Theriault and Christian Theriault acted together and were parties to the same assault upon the 19-year-old man on December 28, 2016," SIU director Tony Loparco said in a news release.

Michael and Christian Theriault are brothers, according to Julian Falconer, lawyer for Dafonte Miller, the 19-year-old who suffered serious injuries following a Dec. 28 incident.

http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/toro ... -1.4209353
A Toronto police officer has been charged and is suspended with pay in connection with an attack on a 19-year-old man that left him with broken bones and a serious eye injury last December in Whitby, Ont.

Ontario's Special Investigations Unit (SIU) charged Const. Michael Theriault on Tuesday with aggravated assault, assault with a weapon and public mischief. Theriault was off duty at the time of the alleged attack.

The police constable is now suspended with pay, a Toronto police spokesperson confirmed, though police will not comment further on the case, as it's an investigation by the SIU.

The SIU states that Durham Regional Police initially arrested the alleged victim, Dafonte Miller. According to his lawyer, Miller was charged with theft under $5,000, two counts of assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon and possession related to marijuana, but that all charges were withdrawn following a pretrial hearing on May 5.

Miller is traumatized and awaiting surgery to remove his eye, his mother, Leisa Lewis, said in an interview with CBC Toronto.

Miller was allegedly hit repeatedly with a steel pipe just before 3 a.m. ET on Dec. 28.

According to his lawyer, Miller and two friends were walking down Erickson Drive in Whitby, headed to the home of another friend, when two men tried to confront them and began chasing them with a pipe. Miller's friends managed to escape, but he was not so fortunate.


Miller's family said his left eye was so damaged that it will have to be surgically removed. He also suffered a broken nose, jaw and wrist.

According to the SIU, Theriault was arrested on Tuesday and was subsequently released. He is required to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Oshawa on Aug. 10.

Lewis feels the severity of her son's injuries warrants a more serious charge.

Ontario's Special Investigations Unit (SIU) charged Const. Michael Theriault on Tuesday with aggravated assault, assault with a weapon and public mischief. Theriault was off duty at the time of the alleged attack.

The police constable is now suspended with pay, a Toronto police spokesperson confirmed, though police will not comment further on the case, as it's an investigation by the SIU.

The SIU states that Durham Regional Police initially arrested the alleged victim, Dafonte Miller. According to his lawyer, Miller was charged with theft under $5,000, two counts of assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon and possession related to marijuana, but that all charges were withdrawn following a pretrial hearing on May 5.

Miller is traumatized and awaiting surgery to remove his eye, his mother, Leisa Lewis, said in an interview with CBC Toronto.




Case shows 'systemic failings' by police: Falconer

Falconer said the way police handled this case points to much larger systemic problems.

He said Miller frantically banged on the door of a home on Erickson Drive that night, looking for help, and the homeowner witnessed part of the alleged beating. But Falconer said Durham Regional Police never even contacted that person to do an interview.

Falconer also wonders about other aspects of the investigation, given that the incident happened just before 3 a.m. and the police officer was not on the job.

"What did they do to ascertain the sobriety of the two individuals involved in the altercation?" he said, when asked if he thinks the officer could have been drunk.


Falconer said the way police handled this case points to much larger systemic problems.

He said Miller frantically banged on the door of a home on Erickson Drive that night, looking for help, and the homeowner witnessed part of the alleged beating. But Falconer said Durham Regional Police never even contacted that person to do an interview.

Falconer also wonders about other aspects of the investigation, given that the incident happened just before 3 a.m. and the police officer was not on the job.
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"The police constable is now suspended with pay, a Toronto police spokesperson confirmed, though police will not comment further on the case, as it's an investigation by the SIU."

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now suspended with pay - aka paid vacation for the cop.

SIU - aka Toothless watchdog mostly made up of ex-cops & buddies. Just an eyewash to show the public, they are doing something about police brutality & abuse.

Nothing will happen to this cop. After his paid vacation is over & the public out cry is over, he will be back on his job & it will be business as usual. Things will be swept under the carpet. The Police Union, his cop buddies, the blue line & high priced police lawyers paid with tax payers money will defend & protect this cop - left, right & centre.

Some false charges will be laid against the victim like resisting arrest, not complying, reaching for the officers gun, officer thought he had a weapon,officer feared for his safety & life. Use of excessive force & brutality & abuse was totally justified given the circumstances.

Next

Verdict : Officer not guilty, was just doing his selfless job of serving & protecting the community. Either needs to be put on a pedestal or promoted & deserves a raise.
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Should be attempted murder charges. You don't attack someone with a steel pipe for fun.

If the cops didn't pull this "thin blue line" stuff all the time they'd get more respect.
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Jul 19th, 2017 7:49 pm
Should be attempted murder charges. You don't attack someone with a steel pipe for fun.

If the cops didn't pull this "thin blue line" stuff all the time they'd get more respect.
Sammy Yatim killer Forcillio almost got away with cold blooded murder, if not for a passerby video. Even then its taking years to send him to jail. Wouldn't be surprised if he gets away scot free.

There were 10-15 cops with him when he murdered Sammy Yatim. These cops on the scene lied and tried to protect Forcillio in the court even though there was Video evidence ! Imagine what these guys must be doing, when no video or audio evidence is present.

Whatever few good apples they have, just stand and watch when the bad apples commit police brutality. Later on they collude with the bad apples and exchange/compare police notes so that there is no discrepancy and then come up with a cooked up story & file false charges against the victim. They also lie on the witness stand & commit perjury to protect their buddies.

They neither have the courage nor the integrity & character to speak the truth. They are just as bad or worse than the bad apples.
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Which job can you beat up people with a steel pipe, almost kill them and then file false charges against the victim, who just lost an eye and various broken bones ?

You guessed it : GTA cop.
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I hope this cop gets convicted for man slaughter.

If this is what he does when he is off duty, you can only imagine what he does, when he is wearing a badge & uniform & a gun and has his buddies to protect him. We would be talking about murder here, just like Sammy Yatim was murdered by Forcillio.
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Can't wait for the payout. I hope the Durham Police and the individual cop go broke.
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According to his lawyer, Miller and two friends were walking down Erickson Drive in Whitby, headed to the home of another friend, when two men tried to confront them and began chasing them with a pipe. Miller's friends managed to escape, but he was not so fortunate.
if this is how it was , then we don't want this "cop" to be a cop anymore ... and yes "attempted murder" should be the charge ...
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No news here...different rules for cops and that massive thin blue line.
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IMO cops are above the law. Even politicians get punished but rarely cops. And cops never get charged for obstruction of justice and lying, fabricated evidence etc...etc...Even if proven in court.
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How did he get suspended with pay for something he did off duty? I don't get workman's comp if I break my leg on my day off.
Could HAVE, not could OF. What does 'could of' even mean?
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The cop's brother Is now also charged

Lovely family
Christian Theriault, a civilian, has been charged with aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, and public mischief — the same offences faced by Const. Michael Theriault, who was charged Tuesday by Ontario's Special Investigations Unit (SIU).

Christian Theriault is set to appear in court next month.

"The allegation in this case is that Const. Michael Theriault and Christian Theriault acted together and were parties to the same assault upon the 19-year-old man on December 28, 2016," SIU director Tony Loparco said in a news release.

Michael and Christian Theriault are brothers, according to Julian Falconer, lawyer for Dafonte Miller, the 19-year-old who suffered serious injuries following a Dec. 28 incident.
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Anyone else get the feeling that the assaulted man was the Drug Dealer to the Cop + his brother?

That's what it seems like to me.

Cop + his brother got upset they were getting ripped off (or something), decided to beat up their Dealer... something like that... and assumed that a drug dealer wouldn't report the assault to the police... typical cop show plot lol

Note: My hunch isn't based on race at all, only noticed race after hitting submit ;) Simply based on the other facts presented in the article.
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konfusion666 wrote:
Jul 21st, 2017 11:12 am
Anyone else get the feeling that the assaulted man was the Drug Dealer to the Cop + his brother?

That's what it seems like to me.

Cop + his brother got upset they were getting ripped off (or something), decided to beat up their Dealer... something like that... and assumed that a drug dealer wouldn't report the assault to the police... typical cop show plot lol

Note: My hunch isn't based on race at all, only noticed race after hitting submit ;) Simply based on the other facts presented in the article.
How did you arrive and the fact he was a drug dealer. So what if he had some weed on him. So typical, blame the victim for his predicament. This individual lost and eye, but no empathy displayed by you. How about the cop and his brother mind there own damn business. Would he react the same if it was some white kids. Durham should be sued and officers who laid the bogus charges fired.
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Whoever hit him with the pipe should be facing attempted murder charges.

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