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News Release

Toronto Police Officer Facing Additional Charge: Breach of Trust by a Public Officer

Case Number: 16-TOD-029

Mississauga (4 August, 2016) ---
In June 2016, the Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) caused two charges to be laid against a Toronto Police Service constable in relation to the death of a man earlier this year.  An additional charge has now been laid against that officer.

An SIU investigation found the following:
At approximately 2:00 p.m. on February 2, 2016, a man sought the assistance of a police officer in regards to a suicide attempt by another man inside High Park in Toronto.  
The suicidal 19-year-old man was pronounced dead close to 3:30 p.m. that afternoon.

As a result of the SIU investigation, the Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, had reasonable grounds to believe that Constable Kyle Upjohn committed the criminal offences of criminal negligence causing death and failing to provide the necessaries of life.  Director Loparco has now caused the additional charge of breach of trust by a public officer, contrary to s. 122 of the Criminal Code of Canada, to be laid against the officer.

Constable Upjohn appeared before the Ontario Court of Justice at the Old City Hall Courthouse on August 4, 2016 to answer to all of the charges. 

The matter is properly before the courts.  In consideration of the fair trial interests of the accused, the SIU will make no further comment. 

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. 

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