Thursday, June 12, 2014

Jail video police swore 'did not exist' released in brutality complaint

Gaps in video raise new questions about case of disabled man alleging mistreatment

By John Nicol and Dave Seglins, CBC News Posted: Jun 12, 2014 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Jun 12, 2014 8:33 AM ET
Raw: Police video of Udhbirprasaud ​Bhikram 7:15
Toronto police, at the direction of an Ontario Superior Court judge, have released an internal video which for more than two years the force denied existed, in a case involving the arrest and detention of a paraplegic man who claims he was assaulted by officers and urinated on while in custody.
Udhbirprasaud ​(Joe) Bhikram was arrested on Jan. 28, 2009, and charged with uttering death threats — charges which he successfully fought and had thrown out.

But for years he has been fighting through formal complaints and freedom of information requests to obtain a copy of a police video, claiming he was assaulted during his arrest, neglected at the station when he fell from his wheelchair onto the floor of a holding cell, and then berated and urinated on by one officer.
Police staff swore affidavits in 2012 insisting the video recording had been erased. more  

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