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News Release

Toronto Police Officer Faces Second Charge

Case Number: 10-TFD-210

Mississauga (23 February, 2012) --- On November 30, 2010 the Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Ian Scott, laid a charge of Manslaughter against Toronto Police Constable David Cavanagh in relation to the firearm death of Eric Osawe in September of 2010.  After consultation with the Crown Law Office-Criminal, Director Scott has now caused a charge of Second Degree Murder contrary to s. 235(1) of the Criminal Code to be laid against the officer. 

The charges against Cst Cavanagh are in relation to an incident which occurred on September 29, 2010.  At approximately 1:15 a.m. on this date, the Emergency Task Force and the Guns and Gangs squad executed a search warrant at an apartment on Dunbloor Road.  During the search, 26-year-old Eric Osawe was fatally shot by Cst Cavanagh. 

A preliminary inquiry will commence in this matter October 1, 2012 before the Ontario Court of Justice (College Park Building), 444 Yonge Street, Toronto.  The Justice Prosecutions branch of the Ministry of the Attorney General continues to have carriage of the prosecution.

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

The SIU is a civilian agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or an allegation 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 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