York region police officer suing the force

Const Dameian Muirhead is looking for $15-million in damages

A York region police officer who made international headlines is now suing the force.

Const Dameian Muirhead, who is black, was facing three Police Act charges after he was sent to deal with a bush party in Aurora in 2011.

He was charged for not reporting the racial slurs he endured at the party, as well as not apologizing when he moved a jacket on the seat of a motorcycle to see the license plate and it fell to the ground. The man who owned the jacket, Rheal Duguay, filed a complaint.

In a statement, York region police chief Eric Jolliffe says that it is no longer in the best interest of the force and the public to continue proceedings against Muirhead.

Jolliffe says he was required by law to proceed with a disciplinary hearing because Muirhead did not agree to an informal resolution. During the hearing, Jolliffe says the force continued to make attempts to resolve the matter informally through a written reprimand and a mediator.

Jolliffe accuses Muirhead's counsel of "derailing the process through personal attacks against the prosecutor, a police witness and the hearing officer himself."

"With the hearing was ongoing, we were forced to remain silent while this police service endured a series of baseless accusations and attempts to tarnish the exemplary record of racial cultural inclusivity which is the hallmark of York Regional Police," Jolliffe says in the statement.

The allegations against the constable have now been withdrawn.

Muirhead, meanwhile, is suing the force and other defendants for $15-million in damages. Jolliffe says the claim "has no merit and will be staunchly and resolutely defended."

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  1. john posted on 01/14/2014 01:37 PM
    good i hope the cop wins .
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