Caught on Camera: Cop Faces Police Hearing for Use of ‘Excessive Force’

The arrest was captured on video by complainant Waseem Khan. In the video, Khan is repeatedly told that he isn’t allowed to record the arrest, even though citizens have a right to record police during their duties if they are not obstructing the officers.

For that, McNeilly found that Sgt. Miranda improperly directed a constable to interfere with Khan’s lawful presence in the area and with his recording of the incident, “thereby bringing discredit on the reputation of the Toronto Police Service.”

Khan will have full standing at the hearing.

He plans to attend.

“I hope that there’s some sort of accountability, because I think officers, just like any other citizen, should be held accountable when they go beyond the law or do something criminal,” he said Thursday.

“If he is found guilty of the allegations in this hearing, I hope that Toronto police services realizes that this is something that they have to act on and that he should be charged criminally as well.”

Khan said he believes the police are losing public trust and that this case will be revealing about their approach.

“If anyone else was to do that to someone, it wouldn’t be OK, so I don’t think anybody should be outside the law,” he said.

“It’s becoming more and more evident that it’s hard to trust the police.”

Toronto Police Association spokesperson Mike McCormack said Thursday that he will wait for all evidence to be unearthed in court before he comments on the case.

The Toronto Police Service did not offer any comment on it.

“Generally speaking, any matter of internal discipline is confidential until such time as the officer has made a first appearance in the Tribunal,” said spokesperson Meaghan Gray in a statement.

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