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News Release

SIU Appeals for Witnesses to Interaction in Ottawa’s ByWard Market

Case Number: 12-OCI-287

Mississauga (4 October, 2012) --- Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is seeking witnesses to an interaction between Ottawa Police officers and a 38-year-old man in the evening hours of October 2, 2012. 

At approximately 8:30 p.m., plainclothes officers from the Ottawa Police Service were in the area of Rideau Street and Nicholas Street conducting an investigation.  At some point, there was an interaction between officers and a man.  He sustained injuries and was taken to Ottawa Civic Hospital for treatment of a leg injury. 

The SIU has assigned three investigators and one forensic investigator to probe the circumstances surrounding the incident.  To date, three subject officers and two witness officers have been designated.  

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