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News Release

SIU Director Determines Officers Did Not Contribute to Young Man’s Death

Case Number: 15-OCD-106

Mississauga, ON (11 April, 2016) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit has determined that London Police officers did not contribute to the death of an 18-year-old man whose body was found in a park last May.  

The SIU had assigned four investigators and one forensic investigator to probe the circumstances of this incident.  The SIU interviewed three civilian witnesses and one witness officer and reviewed the duty notes of eight other witness officers. 

The investigation found the following:
  • Just after 10:10 p.m. on May 30, 2015, the young man told his girlfriend that he planned to harm himself.
  • Friends and the London Police Service were alerted and a search was initiated.
  • Close to midnight, a friend found him in a park at Southdale Road East and Adelaide Street South (Westminster Ponds). 
  • Officers and other emergency services attempted to revive the man.
  • He was pronounced dead at hospital.
  • A post mortem determined the cause of death to be hanging.
  
SIU Director Tony Loparco said, “The cause of the young man’s death is not in dispute; he committed suicide on the night of May 30, 2015.

“On the facts, there is no evidence that any police officer had contact with the man when he was alive or in any way contributed to his death.  The numerous officers and other first responders who worked to save the man performed their duties with professionalism and care.

“No charges shall be laid against any officer in connection with this tragic incident.”

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. 

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Jason Gennaro, jason.gennaro@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-641-1897 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 1897