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Toronto policeman charged with assaulting suspect

Deborah Baic/The Globe and Mail

A Toronto police constable has been charged with assaulting a man during an arrest last month.

According to the Toronto Police Service, Constable Gary Gould, 32, was charged after a man was punched "several times" on Dec. 29, 2013.

Police said the man had been drinking before he began to act aggressively in a convenience store. It is alleged that the 20-year-old shouted, urinated on the floor and punched the store clerk in the head.

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Constable Gould and another officer arrested the man when they arrived at the store. They escorted him, kicking, screaming and spitting, to the police car, and moved him into the vehicle.

Once inside the car, the man began kicking at the door of the police car, which was when he was allegedly punched multiple times.

The police charged the man with mischief and three counts of assault. He was not taken to the hospital as a result of being punched.

Constable Gould, an 11-year police veteran, is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 28

He works in 33 Division, which covers the area roughly bounded by Eglinton Avenue East, Steeles Avenue East, Bayview Avenue and Victoria Park Avenue.

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