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Toronto police caught beating innocent man on video

A 21-year-old man is suing the Toronto police for $5 million after being beaten during what the police now say was a mistaken arrest.

A bystander caught the entire November 1 arrest on video. The disturbing, nearly three minute clip shows Santokh Bola, of Woodbridge, screaming as police try to subdue him behind his grandfather's store in Rexdale. He and his family say he received serious injuries, reports the Canadian Press, in his statement of claim, which has yet to be proven.

According to the Toronto Star, Toronto police spokesman Mark Pugash admits that the arrest was a mistake. However, he says that minutes earlier, police had received a call about a man with a knife who matched Bola's description. Bola was held for a few minutes but was never charged.


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