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Demonstration rally in support of Dafonte Miller, express anger in verdict

Last Updated Jun 27, 2020 at 10:25 am PDT

A man wears a shirt of support during the verdict in the Dafonte Miller assault trial in Oshawa, Ont. on Friday, June 26, 2020. A Toronto police officer has been found guilty of assault in the beating of a young Black man more than three years ago, but his brother has been acquitted. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Summary

Black lives Matter Toronto is organizing a demonstration Saturday in support of Dafonte Miller

The demonstration comes a day after one of the officers involved in the case was charged with assault

More than 5,000 people are expected to attend the rally

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.