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News Release

SIU Appeals for Witnesses to Interaction with Police in Niagara Falls

Case Number: 12-OCI-136

Mississauga (23 May, 2012) --- Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is appealing for witnesses to an interaction that occurred between a Niagara Regional Police Service officer and a man in Niagara Falls on Saturday, May 19, 2012.

On this date, at approximately 1:15 a.m., officers attended the Kool Katts Caribbean Restaurant at 6383 Drummond Road and arrested a 31-year-old man.  The man was taken to a police detachment, lodged in a cell and released in the morning.  Later in the day, he went to hospital where he was diagnosed with a broken nose, fractured orbital bone and fractured cheekbone. 

Two SIU investigators and one forensic investigator are probing the circumstances of the incident.  Investigators are interested in speaking with any member of the public who may have witnessed the arrest.  The lead investigator can be contacted at 1-800-787-8529 extension 9029.

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