'Upsetting' video raises questions about how Toronto police handled allegation of assault by officer

TORONTO -- A new video recording obtained by CTV News Toronto raises questions about how the Toronto Police Service handled a report about an alleged assault by an officer on a Black TTC rider.

The video -- which is evidence in an ongoing trial -- shows a Toronto staff sergeant appearing to go to great lengths to avoid acknowledging injuries in a man he’s booking, as the man complained about being choked and hurled to the ground after he was accused of not paying his fare.

“He choked me out on the bus,” says the man, Chase Richards, to a booking staff sergeant at 43 Division. “I could hardly breathe right now. It’s hard for me to stand.”


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