Police watchdog probes Toronto arrest that left man’s head scarred

TORONTO — The Canadian Press

Toronto police car. (Mark Blinch/Reuters)

The province’s police watchdog has opened an investigation into an arrest they say left a Toronto man injured with permanent scarring to his forehead.

The Special Investigations Unit says they only recently learned in media reports about the case of 30-year-old Raymond Costain, who was arrested in the city’s downtown back in April 2010.

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The agency says Costain was struck several times during his arrest, and that medical records show he was left with a permanent scar mark.

The SIU says a judge at Costain’s trial ruled police used force that was “unnecessary, unjustified and excessive.”

The SIU is an arm’s-length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault.

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