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News Release

Deployment of CEW on Man Armed with Knives was not Factor in Death; No Criminal Charges Warranted in Relation to Toronto Interaction

Case Number: 16-TCD-276

Mississauga, ON (15 February, 2018) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a Toronto Police Service officer in relation to the death of a 31-year-old man in November of 2016 during his interaction with police. Just after noon on this date, 911 was made aware of a man outside his residence, screaming and waving two large knives around. After police made numerous demands for the man to put the knives down, a conducted energy weapon was discharged three times. The man was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. 
Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision):https://www.ontario.ca/page/special-investigations-unit-siu-directors-reports.

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. 

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