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Canada Toronto cop takes stand in assault trial, admits causing victim's eye injury

18:40  12 november  2019
18:40  12 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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OSHAWA, Ont. — A Toronto police officer has taken the stand at his aggravated assault trial, acknowledging he caused the victim's severe eye injury.

But Michael Theriault says he hit Dafonte Miller with his fist because, he alleges, the young black man had attacked Theriault and his brother, Christian.

Dafonte Miller, right, arrives alongside family ahead of his testimony at the Durham Region Courthouse in Oshawa, Ont., Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019. © THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston Dafonte Miller, right, arrives alongside family ahead of his testimony at the Durham Region Courthouse in Oshawa, Ont., Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019.

The brothers are jointly charged with aggravated assault in the Dec. 28, 2016, encounter that eventually caused Miller to lose his left eye.

They are also separately charged with obstruction of justice for the way they portrayed the incident to investigators. They have pleaded not guilty.

The now 22-year-old Miller testified last week that he was severely beaten with a pipe.

His lawyers have alleged outside court that race played a role in the attack.


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