[Hpn] Toronto cops charged in assault on homeless man

Graeme Bacque gbacque@colosseum.com
Thu, 26 Sep 2002 23:11:01 -0700


Alleging Assault

Two Toronto police officers have been charged with assault, after a three
month investigation by Internal Affairs. The alleged incident happened last
June 21st, when an intoxicated man named Ramsey Whitefish was walking down
the street late at night in the Bloor and Borden St. area.

Whitefish alleges two uniformed officers, Constables James Rowe and Dion
Monahar of 14 Division, pulled him into an alley, began beating him, and
then left him suffering from a head wound as he lay helpless and bleeding on
the ground. Police are being tightlipped about the charges, but have
revealed both officers have been suspended from duty with pay, until their
guilt or innocence is established in court.

But Whitefish’s lawyer claims he says several eyewitnesses who will testify
they saw the alleged beating – and that it was unprovoked. “He has bruises
all over his back,” notes Clay Ruby. “He had a huge gash that made him bleed
like a pig from the top of his head. He was left virtually unconscious.” And
he’s angry it took so long for charges to be laid. Rowe has been with the
force for two years, while Monahar has been on duty for three. Both are due
in court on November 7th.

September 26, 2002