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News Release

SIU Appealing for Witnesses to Custody Injury in Hamilton

Case Number: 14-OCI-142

Mississauga (3 July, 2014) ---
Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is appealing for witnesses to an interaction involving officers with the Hamilton Police Service (HPS) and a 44-year-old man in Hamilton. 

Preliminary information indicates the following: 
  • On Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at approximately 9:00 p.m., HPS officers responded to a call in relation to an intoxicated man in the area of Stinson Street and Erie Avenue.
  • The man was on a Hamilton Street Railway bus (HSR) and was reportedly fighting with other passengers. 
  • During the process of arrest and the resulting interaction, the man suffered a fractured femur and ankle. 

The SIU has assigned two investigators and one forensic investigator to probe the circumstances of this incident. SIU investigators would like to speak with anyone who may have been riding the HSR between 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm on July 1, 2014 and who may have witnessed the incident around Stinson Street and Erie Avenue. Witnesses are asked to contact the lead investigator at 416-622-2150 or 1-800-787-8529 extension 2150.

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