A Canadian police officer was jailed for nine months for assault after beating a black teenager in an arrest that he lost one eye.
White policeman Michael Theriault, who was on duty at the time, and brother Christian chasing Dafonte Miller, then 19, in the early hours of the morning on December 28, 2016, cornered him between the two. house in Whitby, Ontario, Toronto. Prosecutors said the couple then beat Miller with a tube that was several meters long that broke his left eye.
The two brothers claimed they were acting in self-defense, claiming that Miller had the weapons. They had previously testified in court that they initially approached him and his friends after hearing someone break into a truck while they were in their garage.
Theriaults did not plead guilty to more serious assault and obstruction of justice regarding the incident and its consequences. The official was sentenced while his brother was acquitted by a judge in June.
Senior court judge Joseph Di Luca, sentencing her in Toronto on Thursday, said: “The racist landscape in which the offense occurs.”;
He said he also considered the officer ‘s high chances of recovery and the conditions he would face in prison. Theriault was also sentenced to 12 months of probation after serving her prison term, along with a five-year ban on weapons. “Theriault’s career as a policeman may be over,” said the judge.
Prosecutors have demanded a prison term of 12 to 15 months and several other restrictions on Theriault. The defense attorneys request absolute discharge or probation. During a conference call with reporters, Miller’s lawyer, Julian Falconer, called the reason for Di Luca’s verdict “nothing is historical”, CBC News reported. Falconer said Miller is grateful to be heard by the justice system, “Dafonte feels like he has a voice,” said the lawyer.
In a court statement in September, Miller outlined the long-term impact the incident has had on his life. He said the meeting changed his opinion of the police forever. “No one questioned him. Only I should be suspicious … Because of the color of my skin,” Miller wrote.
Dr. Adam Elliott-Cooper, a researcher at the University of Greenwich in the UK, and part of the anti-racism organization Monitoring Group said Newsweek that punishing individual officers will not solve the problem of institutional racism.
He said: “Police racism and violence are not because bad apples need to be locked away, and the problem will not go away by punishing individual officers. The police will not go away.” Reducing police violence, anything more than detainees in general has resulted in a safer, less toxic society. “
When George Floyd passed away on May 25 this year at the hands of Minneapolis police officers, it sparked protests in every state in America and quickly spread to cities around the world. Soon after, millions of anti-racist campaigners marched for the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement on the streets of London, Sydney, Cape Town, Tel Aviv, Paris, Buenos Aires, Berlin and Auckland.
For years, community groups in the US and Canada have supported the movement to “defame the police” – taking money from the forces and reinvesting in public services. It became a screeching cry during this year’s BLM rallies. The basic principle is that government budgets should prioritize housing, employment, public health, education and other important programs, rather than police officers. Activists say it’s the best way to move forward because efforts to reform police operations have failed, as evidenced by the killing of Floyd.
Elliott-Cooper said: “Movements aimed at disrupting public order highlight the need to reduce everyone’s contact with the police – this is the best way to avoid and reduce racism and violence. Better community-led employment, housing, health care, education, and society services can reduce our reliance on policy control by reducing the possibility of people being exposed to the criminal justice system. “
Officer Derek Chauvin has been charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter in the case of George Floyd. His fellow officers J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane, and Tou Thao were tasked with assisting and assisting. All four will be on trial together, a judge ruled this week.