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News Release

Toronto Police Service Officers Responding to Gun Call Used No More Force than Reasonably Necessary in Arresting Intoxicated Man

Case Number: 16-TCI-309

Mississauga, ON (17 January, 2018) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, is satisfied that the actions of two Toronto Police Service officers fell within the limits of the law when the officers chased, grabbed, and pulled to the ground a 20-year-old man they encountered following reports of gunshots in the area.
The Director’s Report was delivered to the Attorney General, as is required by law under the Police Services Act. The Attorney General has directed that the document be posted online. It can be found at

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