Po­lice of­fi­cer found not guilty in man’s beat­ing

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

An Toronto of­fi­cer who had been ac­cused of beat­ing a man dur­ing an ar­rest in 2010 has been found not guilty. Const. Chris­tian Dobbs had pleaded not guilty to as­sault in re­la­tion to the in­ci­dent. The charge was laid after an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the po­lice watch­dog into the beat­ing of Ray­mond Costain. The trial heard that Costain suf­fered head in­juries. Jus­tice Bon­nie Croll says she had to de­cide whether the force used by Dobbs was ex­ces­sive. She says while there’s no ques­tion that video of the in­ci­dent is “shock­ing,” it only shows half the pic­ture and she is left with a rea­son­able doubt on whether the force was ex­ces­sive.

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