Alleged victim testifies at Windsor officer's trial
Day two of the assault trial of Windsor police Const. Kent Rice focused on the alleged victim's side of the story, which suggests the officer's actions were racially motivated.
Gladson Chinyangwa told the court that police arrived at an apartment he was partying at in the early morning hours of February 22nd.
He says they decided to question the party-goers separately, and that's when Const. Kent Rice led him out into the hallway.
"He walked me over to a side door. He hit me, I don't know if it was an elbow, he hit me on the back of the head and that's when I fell to the ground."
Chinyangwa says Rice wanted him to reveal the last name of a friend, and told him he was under arrest.
"He was telling me I was under arrest for lying about Steve's name," he told the court.
Chinyangwa says he felt like he was being picked on. because of his race.
"I questioned about my being treated like that based on my colour."
The alleged victim says Rice tried to cover his face when he pointed out the camera.
"I noticed the camera and I pointed at it and I said, I’m going to charge you for this."
Chinyangwa alleges Rice punched him just under his right eye and kicked him when he was on the ground. He says the injuries were not intense, but did hurt.
During cross examination defence lawyer Andrew Bradie spent more than an hour going over Chinyangwa's extensive criminal record, which includes impaired driving, thefts, robbery and two assaults.
Bradie suggested the witness was more confrontational with police then he was letting on, "I'm going to suggest to you sir that you called him the N-word."
Chinyangwa responded "No, I didn't."
But he did admit to telling a witness he was unhappy about her statement to police and that he knowingly lied to police about his friend's name.
Cross examination will continue on Thursday.