SIU Concludes Toronto Death Investigation
Case Number: 15-TCD-194
Other News Releases Related to Case 15-TCD-194
- In the evening hours of September 1, 2015, a number of civilians called 911 to report the actions of a man who had caused a disturbance in a restaurant, proceeded to lay on the sidewalk and scream, and who then rose to his feet and went headfirst into a street sign pole on Yonge Street.
- When Toronto Police Service officers arrived, they found the man lying face down in the passing lane on Yonge Street. There was blood on the back of his head and he was nonresponsive. As one of the officers assisted the man in standing up, the man appeared to regain consciousness and was able to walk under his own power towards the sidewalk.
- The officers managed to briefly get the man into a semi-seated position with his back against the wall of a building. During this brief period, the man was sweating profusely and exhibiting tremendous strength. The subject officer decided that it was necessary to affect an apprehension pursuant to the Mental Health Act.
- The man suddenly darted forwards towards Yonge Street. The subject officer responded by pulling downwards on his arm while extending his own leg outward to trip him. The two men fell to the ground. Other officers assisted in handcuffing the man.
- After being handcuffed, the man suddenly became very quiet. He was rolled onto his side into the recovery position and a combination of vomit and mucus was seen coming from his mouth. Once paramedics arrived, the man was placed onto a stretcher and loaded into an ambulance. Resuscitation efforts were commenced, and he was transported to Toronto General Hospital.
- The man was pronounced dead in hospital.
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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