Charges laid after Cornwall drug store arrest splashed on social media

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CORNWALL – City police have laid charges against three people following last month’s arrest outside a Cornwall drug store that made the rounds of social media.

The Cornwall Police Service announced today that 18-year-old Kyrell Driscoll is charged with robbery with violence and two counts of theft.

Another 14-year-old is facing the same charges while a 17-year-old is facing a single count of theft.

An 18-second video was posted on social media last month that appears to show officers strong-arming a person outside the Shoppers Drug Mart on Second Street East.

The conduct of the officers is under review.

Police allege a store worker was assaulted trying to stop a theft in progress and that this was the third time the store had been targeted for theft by one or more in the group of three in the month of July.

Driscoll’s lawyer has called their treatment “systemic discrimination,” noting they are a Malaysian, transgender, person of colour.

The first court appearance is Sept. 8.