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News Release

SIU Director Ends Hamilton Arrest Investigation in which Man Lost a Tooth

Case Number: 17-OCI-248

Mississauga, ON (31 January, 2018) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has ended an investigation into an arrest in Hamilton in which several officers grounded a 29-year-old man and the man lost a front tooth.  

Around 11:00 p.m. on September 8, 2017, Hamilton Police Service officers responded to a break and enter call near Cannon Street East and Birch Avenue.  The officers encountered a man, who fled when officers attempted to arrest him. Moments later, three officers brought the man to the ground and arrested him.  The man was taken to hospital and treated for a missing front tooth.        

Director Loparco said, “I have terminated the investigation into the incident on September 8, 2017, as the Complainant did not suffer a serious injury.”

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