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News Release

SIU Director Ian Scott Responds to Assertions Made by Toronto Police Association

Case Number: TPAcomment

Mississauga (22 February, 2013) --- Today, Toronto Police Association (TPA) president Mike McCormack made assertions against the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) through a news release.

Director Ian Scott responded, “The SIU’s statutory mandate is to conduct investigations of police officers involved in incidents of death, serious injury and allegations of sexual assault. In my view, they should be conducted in an independent, thorough and transparent manner.”

With respect to the specific assertions in the TPA news release:
• Phabian Rhodius met with the SIU investigators and was informed of his outstanding arrest warrants. He was strongly advised to speak to his lawyer and clear them up. Within a few days of the meeting with SIU investigators, Mr. Rhodius turned himself in to the authorities. 
• With respect to the alleged assault of a 51 division detainee, this matter came to the attention of the SIU through the complainant’s lawyer. Medical records collected during the investigation support the opinion that the complainant sustained a nasal bone fracture.

Director Scott said, “Mr. McCormack is entitled to his opinion about my leadership of the Unit. Frankly, I would have been more surprised if he issued a news release saying he was happy with the way the Unit is currently functioning.” 

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