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News Release

Hamilton Police Officer Charged

Case Number: 12-OCI-235

Mississauga (26 September, 2012) --- The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Ian Scott, has reasonable grounds to believe that a Hamilton Police Service (HPS) officer committed a criminal offence in relation to the injuries sustained by a 16-year-old male in July of 2012.  Director Scott has caused a charge to be laid against the officer.   

The SIU investigation determined that on July 22, 2012, in the afternoon hours, the youth was arrested, taken to the police station and lodged in a cell.  As a result of an interaction in the cell between the male and an officer, he sustained a broken tooth and other facial injuries.  He was taken to Hamilton General Hospital for treatment.

As a result of the SIU investigation, HPS Constable Ryan Gagnon is facing one charge of Assault Causing Bodily Harm, contrary to s. 267(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
The officer is compelled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at 45 Main Street East in Hamilton on November 6, 2012.  The Justice Prosecutions branch of the Ministry of the Attorney General will 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 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,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342