A Toronto police officer accused of beating up a suspect during a 2010 arrest, was found not guilty of assault on Wednesday.
The charge was laid by the Special Investigation Unit following an investigation into the arrest of Raymond Costain in April of that year, which took place outside a hotel in downtown Toronto and was partially captured on police cruiser videos.
Contain suffered black eyes, a bloody nose and abrasions on his forehead after he was struck more than ten times by Const. Christian Dobbs.
The videos, were referred to as “shocking” by Justice Bonnie Croll, who presided over the trial, but she also noted that ”in this case [they] provide only half the picture.”
Croll said in her ruling that after considering all the evidence, she was left with a reasonable doubt on whether the force used by Dobbs was excessive.
Evidence provided by Costain himself was rejected as being unreliable and inconsistent.
Const. Dobbs had pleaded not guilty to the charge.
A lawsuit Costain filed against Toronto police is still outstanding.