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News Release

Windsor Police Officers Charged

Case Number: 14-OCI-255

Mississauga (10 June, 2015) --- The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Tony Loparco, has reasonable grounds to believe two police officers with the Windsor Police Service (WPS) committed criminal offences in relation to the injury sustained by 24-year-old Matthew Jonsson in October of 2014. Director Loparco has caused charges to be laid against the officers.   

The injury occurred around the time of Mr. Jonsson’s arrest in the morning hours of Sunday, October 26, 2014. As a result of the SIU investigation, WPS Constable Daniel Merlo and Constable Aaron Naklie are each facing Criminal Code of Canada charges.

Cst Merlo:
• One count of Assault with a Weapon, contrary to s. 267(a)
• One count of Assault Causing Bodily Harm, contrary to s. 267(b)

Cst Naklie:
• One count of Aid and Abet an Assault with a Weapon, contrary to s. 267(a)
• One count of Assault Causing Bodily Harm, contrary to s. 267(b)

The officers are required to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at 200 Chatham Street East in Windsor on July 13, 2015. 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 accused 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. 

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