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News Release

SIU Lays Charge against Officer in Relation to Parry Sound Incident

Case Number: 16-PCI-170

Mississauga, ON (25 November, 2016) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has caused a charge to be laid against an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer in relation to a June 2016 incident. 

The SIU investigation found the following: 
  • On June 20, 2016, a police officer with the OPP’s West Parry Sound detachment was dispatched to an address on Albert Street in Parry Sound to arrest a 39-year-old man.
  • During the arrest, there was an interaction between the officer and the man. The man sustained an injury that required treatment.

As a result of the SIU investigation, Constable Brandon Catcher is now charged with assault causing bodily harm, contrary to section 267(b) of the Criminal Code.

The officer is required to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at 89 James Street in Parry Sound on December 15, 2016. 

The matter is now 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. 

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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