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RSS FeedsWhat we learned in 10 days at the trial of Michael and Christian Theriault, accused of beating Dafonte Miller
(The Star Business)


16 november 2019 20:15:26

What we learned in 10 days at the trial of Michael and Christian Theriault, accused of beating Dafonte Miller
(The Star Business)

Before 3 a.m. on an unseasonably warm December morning, a raucous commotion shook Jim Silverthorn awake.In a confused haze, the veteran Toronto Fire district chief at first thought the shouts were coming from inside his home. Then he followed the sound to his upstairs bathroom, where, peering through the shutters, he saw the source of the clamour.Down below, a violent fight was unfolding in a small stretch of yard between his home and his neighbours’. Two men appeared to be pummelling a third with continuous and “very hard” punches. Silverthorn raced downstairs, arriving to the sound of someone banging violently on his front doors, “screaming” to call 911.“I thought he was going to kick our door in,” Silverthorn told the 911 dispatcher at 2:49 a.m. as he looked out his windows to describe the scene. “OK, seriously, the one guy’s got a stick,” Silverthorn, who had armed himself with a Christmas decoration as a makeshift weapon, continued, his voice rising with urgency. “I think he’s going to strike the guy again.”Precisely what happened outside Silverthorn’s Whitby home that Dec. 28, 2016, morning has been the central focus of the last two weeks in the Oshawa courtroom where off-duty Toronto police officer Michael Theriault and his younger brother Christian were standing trial, accused of beating Dafonte Miller, a young Black man from Whitby who was left with life-changing injuries so severe his left eye ultimately had to be removed.The case has struck a nerve in the GTA and beyond because of the larger issues at play. Miller’s lawyer Julian Falconer has alleged race played a part in the incident, suggesting the case was an example of a police officer seriously injuring a young Black man, then a system attempting to cover it up. The province’s police watchdog, the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), was never contacted by either police service involved; the investigativ ...

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