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News Release

Toronto Police Officer Charged

Case Number: 13-TCI-066

Mississauga (6 June, 2013) --- The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Ian Scott, has reasonable grounds to believe that an officer with the Toronto Police Service (TPS) committed a criminal offence in relation to injuries sustained by 30-year-old Rudolph Raymond Costain in April of 2010. Director Scott has caused a charge to be laid against the officer. 

The SIU launched its investigation after learning of the incident through media reports in March of 2013. The SIU investigation determined that at approximately 1:30 a.m. on Monday, April 12, 2010, Mr. Costain was arrested on King Street East by officers with the Toronto Police Service. During the arrest process, he was struck a number of times by an officer. He was taken to St. Michael’s Hospital for treatment of head injuries.

As a result of the SIU investigation, TPS Constable Christian Dobbs is facing one charge of Assault Causing Bodily Harm, contrary to s. 267(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada

The officer is required to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at 444 Yonge Street in Toronto on July 17, 2013.  The Justice Prosecutions branch of the Ministry of the Attorney General will have carriage of the prosecution.

As this matter is now before the courts, and in consideration of the fair trial interests of the charged officers and the community, the SIU will make no further comment pertaining to this investigation. 

The SIU is an arm’s length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault. Under the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether an officer has committed a criminal offence  in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, lay a criminal charge against the officer if appropriate or close the file without any charges being laid
  • report the results of any investigations to the Attorney General. 

Monica Hudon
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342