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News Release

Toronto Police Officer Charged in Relation to Custody Injury

Case Number: 13-TCI-306

Mississauga (6 June, 2014) --- The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Tony Loparco, has reasonable grounds to believe that an officer with the Toronto Police Service (TPS) committed a criminal offence in relation to the injury sustained by a 24-year-old man in a December 2013 incident. Director Loparco has caused a charge to be laid against the officer.   

On December 12, 2013, the officer was among several TPS officers that took the man into custody in the area of Woodbine Avenue and Danforth Avenue.

As a result of the SIU investigation, TPS Constable Jason Nanton is facing one charge of Assault With a Weapon, contrary to s. 267(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
 
The officer is compelled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at Old City Hall Courthouse, 60 Queen Street West, Toronto on July 17, 2014.  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. 

Jasbir Dhillon, jasbir.dhillon@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342