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News Release

Serious Injuries Sustained during Rush Hour Arrest in Toronto; SIU Seeking Witnesses

Case Number: 17-TCI-294

Mississauga, ON (11 October, 2017) ---
Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit is examining the circumstances surrounding an arrest and serious injury that occurred during the rush hour on Queens Quay in Toronto.

Preliminary information suggests the following occurred:
  • At 5:00 p.m. on October 10, 2017, a Toronto Police Service officer observed a man on a bicycle ride through a red traffic light on Queens Quay just west of Yonge Street.
  • The police officer arrested the man.
  • During the arrest, the 44-year-old man suffered a serious injury. 
    
Two investigators have been assigned to this incident.

The SIU has designated one subject officer and two witness officers as part of this investigation.

SIU investigators believe that several persons witnessed the arrest and injury, given the time of day and the number of persons in the area. 

The SIU is urging anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529. The Unit is also asking anyone who may have any video evidence related to this incident to upload that video through the SIU website.

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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Jason Gennaro, jason.gennaro@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-641-1897 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 1897