UPDATE: Loss prevention officer brutally tackles thief
The video is disturbing, there is little doubt. But there's also a story behind it.
It's the aftermath of an arrest at the Shopper's Drug Mart, located on the York University campus. The man was being arrested for allegedly trying to steal a bottle of pop from the drugstore.
During the arrest, the suspect started to try and break free, allegedly punching and choking the loss prevention officer inside the store.
It was at that point, that Toronto Police say, he allegedly tried to kick out the legs of the officer, so he could get away.
That is when the leg injury happened.
The 25-year-old was treated and released from hospital and now faces charges of assault, assault with intent to resist arrest, theft under $5,000 and possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000.
But this has now turned into an alleged race dispute, with York University Black Students’ Alliance (YUBSA), claiming the man was tackled for reasons that are unclear. They posted the video to their website.
Black Lives Matter has weighed in, calling the whole incident 'disturbing'.
"During the investigation, as we got a chance to look at the tapes, it becomes quite clear that race did not play a role here. It was simply the actions of one individual." says Constable Victor Kwong with Toronto Police.
He also says, they have completed the investigation into the arrest.
"We can unequivocally say that the loss prevention officer did his job properly."
NEWSTALK1010 has learned through sources, that the victim in this case has had previous run in's with the law. As a matter of fact, he's been allegedly arrested three times for punching someone in the face, and he's allegedly shoplifted from that very Shoppers in the past.