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News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation into Ottawa Falling Injuries

Case Number: 12-OCI-128

Mississauga (12 July, 2012) --- The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Ian Scott, has concluded that there are no reasonable grounds to charge an Ottawa Police Service (OPS) officer with a criminal offence in regards to the injuries sustained by an 18-year-old man in May of 2012.

The SIU assigned three investigators to probe the circumstances of this incident.  The subject officer declined a request to be interviewed and did not provide a copy of his duty notes, as is his legal right.  Three witness officers and one civilian witness were interviewed.

The SIU investigation found that the following events took place on Friday, May 4:
• In the morning of that day, numerous people called police to report they had seen a man standing on top of a nine foot sound barrier on Hwy 417 near the Parkdale Ramp.  The subject officer and two other witness officers were dispatched to the scene. 
• The subject officer was the first to arrive on scene.  The 18-year-old man threw a bottle of pills in the direction of the subject officer’s police cruiser and then jumped from the highway ramp to the Light Rapid Transit railway below, a distance of 20 metres. 
• The man was later diagnosed as sustaining multiple fractures to both feet and his pelvis, and a fractured orbital bone. 

Director Scott said, “The man received his serious injuries as a consequence of the 20 metre fall and not as a result of any interaction with the subject officer.  Accordingly, I am of the view that there is no credible information supporting the inference that the subject officer was responsible for the man’s serious injuries, and no criminal charge can be laid against him.”  

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