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News Release

Hamilton Police Officer Charged

Case Number: 15-OCI-073

Mississauga (19 October, 2015) --- The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Tony Loparco, has reasonable grounds to believe a police officer with the Hamilton Police Service (HPS) committed a criminal offence in relation to the injuries sustained by 35-year-old Thomas Schonberger in April of 2015. Director Loparco has caused a charge to be laid against the officer.   

At approximately 8:15 p.m. on Friday, April 17, 2015, officers with HPS arrested Mr. Schonberger on King Street West, near Queen Street South. Mr. Schonberger was lodged in cells overnight. When he awoke the next morning, he complained of pain and was taken to Hamilton General Hospital for treatment.

As a result of the SIU investigation, HPS Constable Kudo Park is facing one count of assault causing bodily harm, contrary to s. 267(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.

The officer is required to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at 45 Main Street East in Hamilton on November 24, 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,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342