Police officer found not guilty in man’s beating
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.