Verdict in case of Toronto cop & brother accused of beating Dafonte Miller expected today


Const. Michael Theriault and his brother Christian are seen on the light and Danfonte Miller is seen on the right of this composite image. (The Canadian Press)

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A Toronto police officer and his brother who are accused of brutally beating a young Black man more than three years ago are expected to learn their fate today.


Ontario Superior Court Justice Joseph Di Luca is set to deliver his ruling in the case of Const. Michael Theriault and his brother Christian by videoconference this morning.

A ruling was expected in the case on April 9 but was postponed due to the Ontario courts being closed amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.


The Theriaults have pleaded not guilty to aggravated assault and obstruction of justice in relation to the Dec. 28, 2016, incident and its aftermath.

The judge-alone trial has heard Michael Theriault was off duty at the time.


Prosecutors allege the brothers chased Miller in the early hours of the morning, cornering the then-19-year-old between two homes in Whitby, Ont. and beating him so badly with a pipe that his left eye burst.


Defence lawyers have 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.

Awaiting the ruling on Friday morning, a large group gathered outside the Oshawa courthouse for a solidarity protest in support of Miller.


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