TORONTO (680 NEWS) — Up to 5,000 people in Toronto are expected to attend a rally Saturday calling for justice in the case of Dafonte Miller.
An off duty police officer and his brother beat, then 19-year-old Miller, with a metal pipe back in 2016 blinding him in one eye.
Const. Michael Theriault was cleared of obstruction of justice and aggravated assault and convicted of the lesser assault charge instead. And Michael’s brother Christian was cleared of all charges.
The verdict was delivered amid ongoing protests against systemic racism and calls to defund the police and sparked outrage among many who called it further proof of discrimination in law enforcement and the justice system.
Meantime, a GoFundMe page in support of Miller and his family has already surpassed its $90,000 goal. Miller shared his thanks for the overwhelming support.
“I would like to show appreciation for the community supporting me everybody who’s been in my corner,” Miller said, sharing his thanks for the overwhelming support.