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MISSISSAUGA — At first glance, Michael da Rocha looks like he has been beaten with a baseball bat in a violent mugging.
The mentally ill 32-year-old, who claimed he had never been in trouble with the law before last weekend, alleged he was “beaten to a bloody pulp” by a plainclothes police officer while out for a stroll through downtown Toronto.
Even several days later, the frightened man’s eyes are swollen almost shut and ringed with purple — the right one is caked with dried blood. Stitches poke out from his bulging, reddened left ear and his normally thin face is puffed out
Originally posted by wayno
I can't believe the police turned around and charged the mentally ill man with assault when defending himself was probably all he was doing.
Originally posted by Exuberant1
Associating being charged with being guilty. People do this. Just ask some guy who was charged with a sex crime but is innocent, he'll always be seen guilty, even though he's innocent.
Originally posted by rcwj1975
The Police acknowledge the incident so thats a given. The problem here is the officer, or NO COP for that matter, has a way of knowing your medical history before hand. I also believe, according to this article, that it was a solo cop and this man fighting...not cop(s). This could explain why he got so banged up....if he has this mental issue and becomes that paranoid he, in his mind, is fighting for his life...so the struggle was probably not just some little tussle.
It sucks when you find out AFTER THE FACT that the people have different disorders, but you can only go with what you have in that instance, and make a decision based on that. I hope he gets back on his meds, but one things the article DOESN'T point out is WHEN did this happen? meaning what time?