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News Release

SIU Closes Investigation into Toronto Custody Injury

Case Number: 14-TCI-289

Mississauga (27 February, 2015) --- Based on the Special Investigations Unit’s (SIU) review of an incident that occurred in December 2014, SIU Director Tony Loparco has terminated the investigation. The incident involved officers with the Toronto Police Service (TPS).
The SIU review determined that at approximately 11 a.m. on December 23, 2014, TPS officers responded to a Binswood Avenue residence after receiving a call regarding a break and enter in progress. Upon arrival, officers set up containment around the residence. Shortly after, officers observed smoke and fire coming from the second floor of the residence. When officers entered the home, they heard movement coming from the second floor and ordered an individual to come out. A 51-year-old man was arrested and taken to Toronto East General Hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation.

The SIU’s statutory jurisdiction is limited to the investigation of serious injuries or deaths in cases involving the police. Due to the fact that medical reports revealed that there was no evidence of serious injury in this case, the SIU investigation has been terminated.

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,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342