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News Release

SIU Terminates Investigation into Injury Sustained by a Man in Toronto Courthouse

Case Number: 17-TCI-329

Mississauga, ON (8 January, 2018) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into an injury suffered by a 53-year-old man in November of 2017. 

At approximately 12:30 a.m. on November 2, 2017, the man was arrested by Toronto Police Service officers in the area of Bathurst Street and Fort York Boulevard. The man was transported to hospital where it was determined that an injury he had sustained was not serious in nature. He was taken to the police station and lodged in a cell. In the morning, the man was transported to Old City Hall court. While in a holding cell, the man was assaulted by another prisoner. He was taken to hospital for treatment.

Director Tony Loparco said, “The video evidence establishes that the man’s injury was not caused by any police officer, but by another inmate. Accordingly I have terminated the investigation into this incident.”

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, monica.hudon@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342