A 21 year old man is suing Toronto Police for $5 million over an alleged beating during a mistaken arrest.
The alleged attack took place on November 1 at around 8 a.m. in a parking lot on Islington near Albion and was caught on video by a bystander.
Santokh Bola alleges he was punched and kicked by them and says he suffered serious injuries.
According to the claim, Bola says he was getting out of his car when two officers approached him with their guns drawn.
Bola’s lawyer says “This young man did nothing wrong. He posed no threat to anyone,” he goes on to say “We believe the video shows an appalling lack of judgment and excessive police force that cannot be justified under any circumstances.”
It’s alleged that officers, acting on information about an attempted burglary in the area, pinned Bola to the ground, delivering a series of kicks, knee strikes and punches to his face, head and body.
It’s also alleged that officers failed to recognize that Bola has an intellectual disability and act accordingly. No charges were laid against Bola, who was eventually released from police custody.
When the family went to police they were told to file a complaint online and they may hear from investigators in 5 or 6 months.
Police chief Mark Saunders was also named in the lawsuit and police are yet to comment on the claim.