Another Toronto police officer is facing scrutiny after video surfaced showing a violent takedown outside an LCBO surfaced online (video below).
As Global News’ David Shum reports HERE:
Police said a paid-duty officer was working at the liquor store near Jane Street and Wilson Avenue on Nov. 27 when he noticed a man behaving erratically around 4 p.m.
“He kept his hands in his pockets. He was striding back and forth. The police officer asked him to take his hands out of his pockets. He refused,” said Toronto police spokesperson Mark Pugash.
“This is the sort of behaviour that can be indicative of a much larger problem and the officer was trying to prevent something serious from happening.”
After the man refused to show his identification, police said he was denied entry into the store and the officer issued him a trespassing notice.
It is alleged the man then took a swing at the officer, hit him, and a struggled ensued as he was being arrested.
I'll like everyone to SHARE this video. This officer was standing inside the liquor store, his job in there was to make sure nobody steals. My friend and I walked in the liquor store and he was watching my friend and I but it didn't bother us because we saw that every black person who walked into the #LCBO at #sheridanmall, the officer would stare at them in an intimidating manner. He seemed very unhappy and upset. He was probably forced to come to the liquor store and he didnt want to be there. Nevertheless, a young black guy walked into the liquor store and the officer grabbed him and took him outside the liquor store and told him he wasn't allowed in the liquor store. My friend and I walked out of the liquor store and the gentleman was out of the officer's range and sight standing by a subway restaurant. The officer was still standing in front of the liquor store instigating the problem because he was keen to do something to the gentleman. The officer said to my friend and I when we were walking out the liquor store "can you believe he walked into the liquor store and threw a piece of garbage at my feet? " We didn't say nothing back to him and proceded to mind our business and walk to our car. Not knowing the officer's words he said to us was him trying to justify to us before he takes his anger and power trip on to the gentleman. My friend and I took 3 steps to go to our car and when we turned back around, the officer was punching the gentleman and tackled him down aggressively with his knees on his neck. A man who owns a store there was trying to help out the officer to pick up the guy from the ground to put handcuffs on him but the officer felt like superman and thought he was the law and he's untouchable. When the back ups came, just because the officer injured HIMSELF because of aggressiveness with the gentleman and punching him multiple times and tackling him on the ground, the officer hit his right side of his head on the wall and he started bleeding. Which Toronto Police are now trying to say the kid who was harmless on the ground injured the officer... what i actually know what happened is this officer is a power tripper and he felt powerless and disrespected thats why he did what he did... All of this was preventable by the officer going back inside the liquor to do what he was there to do after he told the gentleman he wasn't allow inside the liquor store. Instead he stood there because he felt that the young man had no fear for him as an officer of the law so he had to make the young man fear him by punching him, knee on his neck, and using profanities to people who were trying to help him out so he doesn't choke the young man on the ground with his knees.This is my personal Vendetta with the Toronto Police. I don't trust any of them. Yes I know not all of them are the same but I have my reasons. Around 2010. I was at a barber shop at Vaughn and oakwood in the west end of Toronto. I knew my licence was suspended but I didn't drive my friend was the driver of my car. I finished getting my hair caught so I decided to go and move the car into the plaza because there were no parking space there when we first got there. I pulled into the plaza, got out of the car and locked the doors to walk back to the barbershop to wait for my friend to finish getting his hair cut. Looked behind me and there were a female officer and a male officer. They asks who's care was it because the owner of the car licence is suspended. With me being nervous I gave them asks wrong name and told them the owner of the car is inside the barber shop. Which they found out I was the owner because they illegally searched me and find my ID. They decided to put me in handcuffs but the aggressiveness they were using pulling me dragging me all over made me resist a little I kept telling them "don't force me I'll put my hands behind my back on my own" repeatedly but they didn't care they wanted to feel powerful by grabbing on me and using aggressiveness. They didn't want their job to be easy for them without nobody getting hurt. They realized that they couldn't match with my strength so they called for back up. When back ups came, there were over 12 police cruisers. One of the officers pulled me aside and whispered in my ear these exact words which I will never forget, "You're giving them a hard time eh? You f**king nigger wait till we get to the station we'll f**k you up". I was shocked to hear those words from a police officer who was suppose to serve and protect. He stood by me the whole time they did a criminal record check on me and they found out that I have no criminal record so they had to give me a promise to appear in court and let me go. When I looked at the officer who said all those bad words to me, the look on his face was priceless meaning he really wanted to do those things to me and reason he said that too was he stereotyped me right away and thought I had a criminal record so they will automatically have to take me to the station so they can do what he said they were going to do to me... From that day I never in my life trusted a Toronto Police officer or any officers of the law because they are all power trippers and that office is very lucky because I was in handcuffs and I couldn't reach my phone to record what he said and even if I took a stand and told someone what he said to me nobody would have believed me... but thanks to social media someone out there will.. #policebrutality #verbally #emotionally and #physically #powertrip #alllivesmatters #blacklivesmatters #cp24Posted by Ajith Thala on Tuesday, December 1, 2015
“So the arrest was for the assault and then subsequently we see a very, very concerning situation where we have a number of people who were there actively obstructing the police officer as he’s going about his lawful job,” said Pugash.
A 16-minute video of the incident was posted on Facebook by a Hamilton-area man who claims the arrest was a result of the officer having a “power trip.”
“The officer was punching the gentleman and tackled him down aggressively with his knees on his neck,” wrote Ajith Thala in the Facebook post.
Police said the officer was under enormous provocation and that he was also being baited by the crowd.
“He was subject to great, great pressure and I think to his great credit, he displayed significant restraint under the circumstances,” Pugash said.
“He was being screamed at. He was being obstructed. You could see people trying to free the prisoner. That’s a very dangerous thing to try to do.”
Police were able to arrest the individual after several other officers arrived on scene.
“When other officers showed up, it enabled him to continue what he was doing, which was to take his prisoner away,” said Pugash.
Pugash said the situation could have turned out differently had the officer not acted the way he did.
“To anyone who saw that, that would strike them as very concerning. You had people who were actively obstructing the officer. You had people, as far as I could tell, were trying to free the prisoner,” he said.
Police said the suspect in the video is a 25-year-old man of no fixed address. He is facing charges of resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer.