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News Release

SIU Terminates Investigation into Arrest of Man outside Hamilton Grocery Store

Case Number: 17-OCI-342

Mississauga, ON (6 February, 2018) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the injury sustained by a 36-year-old man who was arrested in November of 2017 for shoplifting.

At approximately 5:30 p.m. on November 19, 2017, the man was outside of the No Frills grocery store located on Main Street East when he was arrested for shoplifting by a Loss Prevention Officer. Hamilton Police Service officers arrived, took custody of the man and transported him to the police station. The next day, the man complained of pain, and as a result, was taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with a serious injury.
Director Loparco said, “The evidence demonstrates that the man’s injury was incurred prior to his interaction with the police. Accordingly, I have terminated the investigation.”

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