Toronto officer who kicked Black teen might have used excessive force, watchdog says

TORONTO — A police officer may now have to face a disciplinary hearing seven years after a Black teenager accused him of brutality, Ontario’s police oversight agency decided in a case that set off a bruising years-long legal battle.

In a new decision, the Office of the Independent Police Review Director found evidence exists to suggest Const. Chris Howes used excessive force during the incident in April 2014.

“I find there are reasonable grounds disclosed during the original investigation to believe misconduct may have been committed,” Stephen Leach, the independent police review director, said.

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