Toronto police officer charged after alleged use of excessive force on man on TTC

Jan 13 2020, 9:56 am

A Toronto Police Service officer has been arrested and charged with assault following an incident that occurred on a TTC bus in December.

On Friday, December 13, 2019, the TTC reportedly called law enforcement when a man refused to leave a bus stopped in the area of Markham Road and Ellesmere Road.

Officers responded and say the man was arrested and charged. Later, the man reportedly filed a complaint with the TTC, and Toronto Police Service Professional Standards was contacted.

After conducting an investigation and reviewing video provided by the TTC, it is alleged that the officer, Detective Christopher Hutchings of 43 Division, used unnecessary and excessive force on the man.

He has been arrested and charged with assault, and is currently suspended with pay.

Hutchings has 24 years of service with the police force.

Anyone with further information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5300, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online, on Facebook, or by texting TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).