On Thursday, Nov. 5, the Toronto police officer who assaulted a Black teen while off-duty in 2016 was sentenced to jail by the Ontario Superior Court.
Const. Michael Theriault was sentenced to nine months in jail by Ontario Superior Court Justice Joseph Di Luca for assaulting Dafonte Miller while off-duty in December 2016. Miller was 19 at the time
Di Luca said Theriault’s “training and position” as a police officer made his offense more serious.
Dafonte Miller, Michael Theriault. (Photos: Dafonte Miller GoFundMe, CBC Ca screenshot)
There are conflicting accounts of the events that led to the beating that night. One of Miller’s friends Bradley Goode, told the court that he, Miller, and a mutual friend named Antonio Jack, were stealing items from cars on the night in question.
Theriault’s defense said the officer, and his brother Christian Theriault, were trying to arrest Miller after catching him stealing from the family truck.
But Jack told the court he, Miller and Goode were walking down the street when Miller rasied his voice as if he were in an argument.
“Two or three white males came out of a garage and they started chasing us,” Jack testified.
Ultimately, Miller was beaten by Theriault so severely that his eye ruptured and had to be removed. He was beaten by a three-foot-long metal pipe found at the scene, but a pathologist said the eye injury was likely caused by a punch. His eye had to be removed. Miller was handcuffed as he lay on the ground after being pinned down by one of the brothers.
Dafonte Miller. (Photo: @thereaaaldd/Twitter)
Di Luca said he could not definitively say that the brothers were not acting in self-defense at some point during the altercation, but stated that when Michael Theriault beat a retreating Miller with a pipe, it constituted assault.
“These are offences that shatter a community’s trust in the system,” he said. “They serve as a constant reminder of the presence of systemic racism. They prevent the healing that is required to move forward because they demonstrate that true equality is not yet within reach.”
The Theriault brothers were charged with aggravated assault and obstruction of justice, but were acquitted on those charges. The aggravated assault charges could not stand since self-defense couldn’t be ruled out. In June, Michael Theriault was convicted of the lesser crime of assault, and Christian was acquitted on all charges.
Di Luca said the brothers likely intended to administer “street justice” on Miller. Christian Theriault can be heard saying “You picked the wrong cars,” during the call he made to 911 after beating the teen.
Miller was originally charged with assault, possession of a weapon, theft and weed possession. The charges were later dropped.
In addition to the nine month sentence, Theriault will also face 12 months of probation following the jail term, along with a five-year weapons prohibition.
He was released on bail Thursday, pending an appeal.
“Since the assault, I have become withdrawn and have isolated myself from my friends and family,” Mr. Miller wrote in his victim-impact statement, read in court in September. “The assault has robbed me of the simple joys of life. I have not been able to gain meaningful employment or go back to school.”
Theriault has been suspended with pay since his arrest, but the department announced Thursday that he will now be suspended without pay. Theriault remains free on bond as he awaits his appeal outcome.
Vanessa Bryant Honors Kobe Bryant’s Legacy At Basketball Hall Of Fame Induction – Check Out Her Touching Speech! – Viralmula.com
Kobe Bryant was simply inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame and Vanessa existed to provide a touching speech about her late partner’s remarkable legacy that he left. Check out what she needed to state!
The one who inducted Kobe into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame earlier today was none aside from fellow basketball star Michael Jordan and he too promoted the occasion.
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When It Comes To Vanessa Bryant , the widow discussed Kobe as a gamer however likewise as a daddy of 4, consisting of Gigi who regretfully likewise died in the exact same helicopter crash as her dad.
Undoubtedly, being consisted of in the Hall of Fame is a huge honor however considering that Kobe is regretfully not with us any longer, Vanessa accepted the honor in his name and provided a fantastic speech.
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She began by stating: ‘To all those who assisted him get here, I thank you on his behalf. Gigi would be so happy. He was smart, significant and ted in numerous things … I understand he’d thank everyone who assisted get him here, even consisting of those who questioned him.’
She went on to discuss that Kobe was ‘larger than life’ which he ‘never ever took faster ways when it pertained to basketball. Among the factors that he played through injury was due to the fact that he kept in mind being in the nosebleeds to enjoy his preferred gamer [Michael Jordan] play. He did not wish to dissatisfy his fans, particularly not those being in the 300th row who conserved as much as see him play.’
Kobe and Vanessa’s earliest child, Natalia Bryant, was likewise at the occasion and she used Kobe’s coat and his ring as a method to commemorate her dad on the big day.
As fans understand, the helicopter crash occurred back in January of 2020 so it’s been more than a year considering that the catastrophe that surprised the world.
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