Ontario’s top court upholds conviction of Toronto police officer in beating of Dafonte Miller

The Ontario Court of Appeal has rejected appeals filed by both the Crown and defence after a Toronto police officer was convicted of brutally assaulting a black teenage boy.

The defence had been seeking to overturn Michael Theriault’s conviction of assault after he was sentenced to nine months in jail in the beating of Dafonte Miller in December, 2016.

The Crown had appealed the acquittal of Theriault and his brother on charges of aggravated assault and obstruction of justice — but said it would proceed with a new trial only if his assault conviction was overturned.

Ontario’s highest court rejected the defence appeal after finding no errors in the trial judge’s approach and dismissed the Crown’s appeal without considering its merits given its position on a retrial. 

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