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News Release

Man’s Injury Sustained in North Bay Cell Self-inflicted and not Serious; SIU Terminates Investigation

Case Number: 18-OCI-010

Mississauga, ON (6 February, 2018) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the injury sustained by a 27-year-old man who was lodged in a police station cell in North Bay last month.

At approximately 11 p.m. on January 17, 2018, North Bay Police Service officers arrested the man for various offences, and lodged him in a cell. A couple of hours later, the man stood on the bunk in his cell, and intentionally fell head first into the steel toilet near the bunk. The man was transported to hospital where he was treated for a laceration.
  
Director Loparco said, “The evidence shows the man’s injury was self-inflicted. As well, medical records confirm the injury was not serious in nature. For these reasons, 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, 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