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News Release

SIU Terminates Investigation into Injury Sustained by Man in Waterloo

Case Number: 17-OCI-319

Mississauga, ON (22 December, 2017) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the injury sustained by a 53-year-old man who was arrested by Waterloo Regional Police Service officers in October of 2017.

In the evening hours of October 31, 2017, police officers arrested the man at a residence in Waterloo. He was taken to the police station and lodged in a cell. At approximately 9 p.m., the man punched the door to his cell. He was subsequently taken to hospital for treatment of an injury. When SIU investigators got in touch with the man, he would not consent to an interview.
Director Loparco said, “The man did not want to participate in the SIU investigation. In addition, it appears from the CCTV cell video that the man’s injury was self-inflicted. As such, this investigation has been terminated.”

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