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News Release

SIU Charges Police Officer in Relation to Man’s Arrest in North York

Case Number: 16-TSA-271

Mississauga, ON (23 August, 2017) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Tony Loparco, has reasonable grounds to believe a Toronto Police Service (TPS) officer committed a criminal offence in relation to the arrest of a 23-year-old man in November of 2015. Director Loparco has caused a charge to be laid against the officer.    

Upon being notified of the incident on October 31, 2016, the SIU commenced an investigation and found the following:
  • Shortly after midnight on November 30, 2015, TPS officers responded to the area of Maple Leaf Drive and Jane Street in North York as a result of receiving a 911 call. 
  • Outside of an apartment complex at 300 Queen’s Drive, police officers arrested a man who was sitting in a taxi cab.
  • The man sustained serious injuries in the course of the arrest. 
As a result of the SIU investigation, TPS Constable Joseph Dropuljic has been charged with one count of assault, contrary to s. 266 of the Criminal Code.

The officer is required to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at 2201 Finch Avenue West in Toronto on September 7, 2017. 

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 pertaining to this investigation.  

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. 

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