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News Release

SIU Reopens Investigation into Injuries Sustained by Man in Toronto

Case Number: 12-TCI-294

Mississauga (7 January, 2013) --- Last week, the Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Ian Scott, announced the closure of an investigation into the July 2012 arrest of 27-year-old Tyrone Phillips by officers with the Toronto Police Service (TPS).  The Director was of the view that he could not complete an adequate investigation without the complainant’s original statement which was initially submitted to the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD). The OIPRD referred the complaint to the TPS for an investigation. The TPS then referred the complaint to the SIU due to the reportedly serious nature of Mr. Phillips’ injuries. Neither the TPS nor the OIPRD would provide a copy of the complainant’s original statement to the SIU.

In light of Mr. Phillips providing the SIU with a copy of his original statement today, which he received from the OIPRD on Friday, the SIU is reopening the investigation. 

The SIU is a civilian agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or an allegation 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 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