Toronto police officer convicted of assault in 2016 beating Dafonte Miller resigns

TORONTO — A Toronto police officer convicted of brutally assaulting a young black man has resigned from the force and, therefore, will no longer face a disciplinary court hearing.

Michael Theriault, who was convicted of assault in the 2016 beating of Dafonte Miller in Whitby, Ont., was due to appear in Toronto Police Disciplinary Court on Tuesday.

However, a hearing officer determined that there was no longer jurisdiction in the matter after learning that Thériault had resigned from the Toronto Police Service.

Prosecutor Alexandra Ciobotaru confirmed Thériault resigned from the force on April 19.

During his criminal trial, prosecutors alleged Thériault and his brother cornered Miller and beat him with a metal pipe, leaving him with a ruptured eye, among other injuries.

The defense argued the brothers acted in self-defense when trying to arrest Miller, who they believe broke into the family truck.

The case sparked multiple protests against anti-black racism and police discrimination.

Thériault, who was off duty at the time of the incident, was sentenced to nine months in prison in November 2020.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on May 3, 2022.

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