Ont. man speaks out after brutal police beating

Tracy McLaughlin, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:39 PM ET

BARRIE, Ont. — Jason Stern breaks into a cold sweat whenever he sees a police officer — especially if he is alone.

He feels that watery, jittery feeling in his gut as adrenaline courses through his body with that survival warning: "Run. You are not safe."

"I want to believe they are good," said Stern, his hands twisting as he speaks. "But I could never trust a police officer again."

As if in some faraway country where freedom doesn't exist, Stern now thinks of police officers as “The Brotherhood.”

"If it's not a brotherhood, why did they let a dangerous police officer roam the streets, knowing he had 20 public complaints against him?" asks Stern. "Why did they let him loose so that he could beat me to a pulp?"

Right now, the officer, Barrie police Const. Jason Nevill, sits in a jail cell for what he did to Stern, an innocent, mild-mannered college grad who now suffers from post-traumatic stress and memory loss after the beating he got for no reason.

Last week, Nevill was sentenced to one year in jail for assault causing bodily harm, then fabricating the evidence against Stern to make him look like the criminal.

Were it not for a surveillance video later produced in court, it would have been Stern sitting in jail for two years for assaulting a police officer.


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