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January

23 January, 2019

No Criminal Wrongdoing on Part of Police Officer in Relation to Oshawa Collision Following Pursuit

On February 1, 2018, Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) officers stopped a vehicle in an Oshawa parking lot after observing what they believed to be a drug transaction.  The officers approached the vehicle and asked the driver to produce his driver’s licence. Suddenly, the driver accelerated and sped out of the parking lot. A pursuit was initiated. Shortly after, the vehicle of interest left the roadway, crossed a ditch, and collided with a hydro pole, shearing it in half, before the vehicle flipped over and came to rest on its roof.  The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a DRPS officer in relation to the serious injury sustained by one of the vehicle occupants.

23 January, 2019

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Man’s Arrest at York University

On July 17, 2017, Toronto Police Service officers attended the York University campus to arrest a 33-year-old man who was bound by a bail condition that he not attend the York University campus and was also wanted pursuant to an arrest warrant for failing to appear for court.  The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any TPS officer in relation to the man’s arrest.

23 January, 2019

SIU Finds no Grounds in Evidence to Proceed with Criminal Charges Against Dryden Police Service Officer

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a Dryden Police Service officer in relation to the serious injury reportedly sustained by a 27-year-old man during his arrest on February 3, 2018.

23 January, 2019

As Officer’s Driving was not Dangerous, was Reasonable and did not Contribute to King City Collision, SIU Finds No Grounds to Believe Officer Committed Criminal Offence

On February 1, 2018, an Ontario Provincial Police officer attempted to stop a driver in King City after witnessing her run a red light, drive in the wrong direction on a roadway and veer to avoid signs. Almost immediately after the officer activated his lights and made a U-turn, the vehicle crashed into a concrete pillar. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the officer in relation to injuries sustained by the woman as a result of the collision.

22 January, 2019

Criminal Charges not Warranted in Relation to Death of Man in Oakville

Shortly after midnight on February 21, 2018, Halton Regional Police Service officers attended a public school in Oakville after learning that a custodian was missing, and that blood could be seen inside his truck and leading to the school portables. The man was located inside a portable, and attempts were made to communicate with him. He could be seen at the door with injuries, but he did not exit or respond. When officers eventually gained entry to the portable, the man was lying on the floor, unconscious but breathing. He was observed to have a cut to his neck and his right wrist. He was transported to the hospital by ambulance, where he was pronounced dead. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges in relation to the man’s death.

22 January, 2019

SIU Director Lacks Basis for Laying of Criminal Charges Against Officer in Relation to Interaction with Woman at Toronto Car Dealership

On February 14, 2018, a Toronto Police Service officer was dispatched to a car dealership on Dufferin Street as a 75-year-old woman refused to leave the premises. After speaking with the woman for almost 20 minutes and asking her to leave, the officer grabbed the woman’s arm to turn her around and escort her out of the dealership. The woman fell and sustained a serious injury. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the officer in this case.

22 January, 2019

Man Sustained Injury as a Result of his Efforts to Flee Police; No Charges to Issue Against Durham Regional Police Service Officer

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a Durham Regional Police Service officer in relation to the serious injury sustained by a 29-year-old man following a vehicle pursuit on February 7, 2018.

21 January, 2019

SIU Investigating Fatal Vehicle Collision Greater Sudbury Area

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a motor vehicle collision last week in the Greater Sudbury area. The driver of one of the vehicles involved in the collision succumbed to his injuries on the weekend.

19 January, 2019

SIU Investigating Man’s Fatal Fall from Burgoyne Bridge in St. Catharines

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death this morning of a man in St. Catharines.

17 January, 2019

SIU Terminates North York Investigation Connected to Carjacking

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into an interaction that occurred last month between Toronto Police Service officers and a 22-year-old man following a carjacking.

17 January, 2019

SIU Terminates Guelph Death Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the death last month of a 72-year-old man in Guelph.  

17 January, 2019

SIU Terminates Windsor Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into an interaction that occurred last month in Windsor.  

16 January, 2019

Danforth Investigation: No Basis to Lay Criminal Charges Against Police as Man’s Death a Result of Self-inflicted Gunshot Wound

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges in relation to the death of Faisal Hussain on July 22, 2018, which occurred following an interaction with two Toronto Police Service officers.

16 January, 2019

SIU Terminates Investigation into Death of Man at Tews Falls in Hamilton

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the September 2018 death of a 28-year-old man in Hamilton.

15 January, 2019

SIU Terminates Toronto Investigation after Determining Man Sustained Injury When He Fell While Running Away from Police

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the November 2018 arrest of a 19-year-old man in Toronto.

15 January, 2019

SIU Terminates Investigation into Fatal Pickering Collision

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into a vehicle collision last month that resulted in the death of a 22-year-old man and serious injuries to a 36-year-old man. 

15 January, 2019

SIU Terminates Kitchener Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into an incident that occurred last month in a Waterloo Regional Police Service cell.  

15 January, 2019

SIU Lays Criminal Negligence Charge against Barrie Police Service Officer in Relation to Shooting Incident

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Tony Loparco, has reasonable grounds to believe a Barrie Police Service (BPS) officer committed a criminal offence in relation to the injury sustained by a 21-year-old man in September of 2018. Director Loparco has caused a charge to be laid against the officer.  

15 January, 2019

Woman’s Jump from Rooftop Led to her Death; No Charges to Issue Against Officers in Mississauga

On February 21, 2018, Peel Regional Police (PRP) officers and paramedics attended a townhouse in Mississauga after a 911 call reporting that a woman was standing on the roof of the townhouse. Several officers attempted to convince the 28-year-old woman to abandon her thoughts of suicide. A short time later, the woman jumped from the roof to the pavement below. She succumbed to her injuries in hospital. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a PRP officer in this case.

14 January, 2019

No Criminal Charges Warranted in Relation to Arrest of Man in St. Catharines

On January 31, 2018, a vehicle being operated by a 24-year-old man was involved in a collision in St. Catharines. After the driver fled the scene, the vehicle became stuck in a snowbank. The man left the vehicle and was later located and arrested by Niagara Regional Police (NRPS) officers. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any NRPS officer in relation to the serious injury sustained by the man during his arrest.

14 January, 2019

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Arrest of Man in Toronto

On February 1, 2018, an undercover police officer purchased drugs from a 33-year-old man in an alcove on Yonge Street in Toronto. After the transaction, the officer gave a signal to nearby officers indicating that the man was to be arrested for drug trafficking. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any Toronto Police Service officer in relation to the serious injury sustained by the man during his arrest.

11 January, 2019

No Criminal Charges Warranted in Relation to Arrest of Armed Robbery Suspect in Mississauga

On December 19, 2017, officers with the Toronto Police Service (TPS) tracked two armed robbery suspects to an apartment building in Mississauga.  When two motor vehicles exited the parking garage, police arrested one of the drivers but the second driver – a 25-year-old man – attempted to flee from police. Police pursued the vehicle, and during the course of the pursuit, the man’s vehicle was rammed by five different unmarked police vehicles in an attempt to bring his motor vehicle to a stop. The man fled on foot but soon after was apprehended. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any TPS officer in relation to the serious injury sustained by the man during his arrest.

11 January, 2019

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Arrest of Man at Orillia OPP Detachment

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer in relation to the serious injury sustained by a 28-year-old male when he was arrested on January 2, 2018. The man had attended the OPP detachment on his own accord, but when police discovered that the man had an outstanding warrant for his arrest, they arrested him after a struggle.

11 January, 2019

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Arrest of Man in Toronto

On December 21, 2017, a Toronto Police Service officer noticed a man in a plaza who was the subject of multiple arrest warrants. When the officer pressed the man for his identity, the man fled on foot. The man was arrested shortly after. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the officer in relation to the serious injury sustained by the 49-year-old male when he was arrested.

10 January, 2019

SIU Determines Police-Involved Shooting of Man in Toronto School Yard was Justified; Criminal Charges not Warranted

On the night of December 1, 2017, a man called 911 to report that four men with firearms were trying to break into his house, and that they had then fled. Toronto Police Service officers attended the area and saw four men running towards a school.  There was an interaction between officers and one of the men, and an officer discharged his firearm. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the officer in relation to the gunshot wound sustained by the 25-year-old man.

10 January, 2019

No Criminal Charges to Issue in Relation to Arrest of Woman at Niagara Falls Motel

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a Niagara Regional Police Service officer in relation to the serious injury reportedly sustained by a 34-year-old woman during her arrest on January 30, 2018.

10 January, 2019

SIU Investigating After Police Cruiser Parked on Highway in Vaughan is Rear-ended; Civilian in Cruiser Injured

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the serious injuries sustained today by a man when the cruiser in which he was detained was struck by another vehicle.

9 January, 2019

Police Service Dog Bit Man, but Due to No Serious Injuries, SIU Terminates London Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the December 2015 arrest of a 34-year-old man in London. The man notified the SIU of this incident on November 21, 2018, at which time an investigation was commenced.   

9 January, 2019

SIU Terminates Amherstburg Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury sustained by a 32-year-old man in November of 2018 in Amherstburg.  

9 January, 2019

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Injury Sustained by Man During Execution of Search Warrant at Toronto Home

On November 26, 2017, Toronto Police Service (TPS) officers executed a search warrant at a Toronto residence. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any TPS officer in relation to the serious injury sustained by a 20-year-old man who was in the home.

9 January, 2019

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Essex County Collision Involving Police Cruiser

On the morning of December 23, 2017, Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were on Highway 401 in Essex County to assist as a vehicle had gone into a ditch. While one of the officers was parked on the shoulder of the highway with his emergency lighting system activated, a civilian vehicle struck the rear of the officer’s vehicle. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the officer in relation to the serious injuries sustained by three individuals in the civilian vehicle.

9 January, 2019

Criminal Charges not Warranted in Relation to Peterborough Pursuit

On the morning of January 13, 2018, a Peterborough Police Service (PPS) officer observed an individual execute a u-turn and travel in the wrong direction on a one-way street. The officer pursued this vehicle with his emergency lights and sirens activated, but the driver did not stop. Other officers joined the pursuit. A short time later, the vehicle being pursued ran a red light and collided with another vehicle. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a PPS officer in relation to the serious injuries sustained by the 55-year-old driver of the vehicle that was struck.

8 January, 2019

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Peterborough Interaction

On June 29, 2017, a 69-year-old man was arrested in a park in Peterborough for being intoxicated in a public place. The man was transported to the Peterborough Police Service station. While a police officer was searching the man in the booking room, the man struck the officer in the face. The officer responded by punching the man back. The man was restrained, and then later taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with a nose fracture. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the officer in this case.

8 January, 2019

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Sudbury Interaction Between Man and Police Officer in Ambulance

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a Greater Sudbury Police Service officer in relation to the serious injury reportedly sustained by a 34-year-old man during his arrest on November 23, 2017.

4 January, 2019

SIU Finds Vehicle Pursuit of Man - and Subsequent Apprehension Using Police Dog – to be Lawful; No Charges to Issue in St. Catharines

On November 16, 2017, the Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) was investigating a man for a series of robberies in the St. Catharines area. Following an attempted traffic stop and then a police pursuit, the man’s vehicle collided with another vehicle. The man continued to drive, but when his vehicle finally broke down, the man exited and attempted to flee on foot. With the use of a police service dog, the man was apprehended. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a NRPS officer in this case.

4 January, 2019

SIU Terminates Toronto Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into an interaction that occurred last month between Toronto Police Service officers and a 43-year-old man.

3 January, 2019

Man’s Injury Sustained When He Punched Cell Door; SIU Terminates Timmins Investigation

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the injury sustained by a 40-year-old man last month in Timmins.  

3 January, 2019

SIU Director Lacks Grounds for Charging Officers in Relation to Apprehension of Man in Brampton

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any Peel Regional Police offices in relation to the serious injury reportedly sustained by a 44-year-old man during his apprehension in December of 2017.