Judge ruling Friday on a case involving an off-duty police officer, his brother, and Dafonte Miller — a young man left blind in one eye

Article Link: https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2020/06/24/a-toronto-police-officer-and-his-brother-learn-their-fates-friday-as-judge-to-rule-in-dafonte-miller-case.html

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“Here for Dafonte.” The phrase has become a popular rallying cry, a much-used hashtag on social media that’s been printed on protest signs outside the Oshawa courthouse at the trial of off-duty Toronto police Const. Michael Theriault and his brother, Christian. For nearly three years, the case involving Dafonte Miller, a Black man who lost his eye in a violent confrontation with the brothers on a Whitby street, has garnered attention — and drawn outcries. Since the December 2016 clash, scores of supporters have been there for Dafonte, decrying the alleged actions of an officer and his brother and a system they say attempted to cover for them. The brothers, meanwhile, said on the night of the alleged assault they feared for their lives, both defending their actions as self-defence.