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News Release

SIU Appealing for Witnesses to Interaction at Kitchener Oktoberfest Event

Case Number: 16-OCI-259

Mississauga, ON (20 October, 2016) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit is appealing for witnesses to an interaction that occurred between police and a 43-year-old man last week in Kitchener. 

Preliminary information suggests the following:
  • On the night of Sunday, October 9, 2016, the man was at an Oktoberfest event at Altes Muenchen Haus, Queensmount Arena, located at 1260 Queen's Blvd.
  • At approximately 10:30 p.m., the man was approached by Waterloo Regional Police Service officers.
  • There was an interaction between the man and the officers. The man was arrested, taken to the detachment and then released a short time later.
  • The man was later diagnosed with a serious injury.
Three investigators and one forensic investigator have been assigned to investigate this incident.

The SIU is urging anyone who may have information about this investigation, or any video footage or photos of the interaction, to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529 ext. 2314. 

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