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News Release

SIU Terminates Investigation into Incident between Man and Officers in Kitchener

Case Number: 17-OCI-354

Mississauga, ON (18 January, 2018) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into an interaction that occurred between a 52-year-old man and officers with the Waterloo Regional Police Service (WRPS) in November 2017.

In the evening hours of Monday, November 27, 2017, WRPS officers arrested the man in the area of Charles Street East and Benton Street for public intoxication. The man was lodged in a cell, and released the following morning. The following day, Wednesday, the man informed the police service that he had sustained a serious injury. The police service then notified the SIU.

SIU investigators made extensive efforts to locate the man, who had no fixed address. The investigators attended addresses the man was known to frequent, contacted multiple police services and were in touch with a family member of the man. Calls and text messages to the man went unreturned.
  
Director Loparco said, “Despite the SIU’s best efforts, investigators have been unable to locate the man to speak with him. That being said, video evidence of the man’s interaction with officers shows no evidence of any criminal behaviour on the part of any officer, but in fact shows the officers treating him gently and with respect. As such, I have terminated 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. 

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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