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News Release

SIU Concludes Falling Death Investigation in Toronto

Case Number: 11-TCD-267

Mississauga (23 February, 2012) --- The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Ian Scott, has concluded that there are no reasonable grounds to charge an officer with the Toronto Police Service (TPS) with any criminal offence in relation to the death of 64-year-old Carman Gallo in December of 2011.

The SIU assigned six investigators and two forensic investigators to probe the circumstances of this incident.  The subject officer did not provide a statement to the SIU and declined to provide a copy of his duty notes, as is his legal right.  In addition to interviewing four civilian witnesses, four TPS officers were designated as witness officers. 

The SIU investigation found that the following events took place on Wednesday, December 28:
• In the afternoon of that day, the subject officer and his partner (a witness officer) were dispatched to the area of Bloor and Parliament Streets in response to a TTC driver who reported that a man had been pacing back and forth on the Rosedale Bridge for over an hour. 
• Once the officers arrived at the bridge, the subject officer exited the cruiser.  The partner, who was driving, could not exit the cruiser as he had to wait for a break in traffic.
• As the subject officer approached Mr. Gallo, Mr. Gallo ran toward the railing of the bridge and jumped.  The subject officer moved towards the railing and grabbed hold of Mr. Gallo.  At the same time the witness officer reached over the railing to assist, the subject officer lost his grip and Mr. Gallo fell to the ground beside Rosedale Valley Road.  He died of multiple traumas to his body as a result of the fall. 

Director Scott said, “As is his right, the subject officer declined to provide the SIU with his notes or to submit to an interview.  Due to this, I am relying mainly on the testimony given by the subject officer’s partner with regards to the events that took place once the officers arrived on the bridge.  I have no reason to disbelieve the witness officer’s recitation of the material events.  As was told to us by multiple witnesses, Mr. Gallo appeared to be in a state of emotional distress consistent with an individual who was contemplating suicide.  It would appear that the subject officer was attempting to assist Mr. Gallo from falling to his death and accordingly cannot be held criminally responsible for Mr. Gallo’s unfortunate demise.”    

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, monica.hudon@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342