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News Release

Intoxicated Man who Stole from Toronto Liquor Store Sustained Injury When he Fell of his Own Accord; No Criminal Charges Warranted

Case Number: 16-TCI-199

Mississauga, ON (23 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 August 2016 arrest of a 32-year-old man who had shoplifted from an LCBO on Dupont Street. At hospital, the man was diagnosed with a fracture to his left forearm. The investigation determined the injury was sustained when the man fell to the ground, prior to police arriving on scene.

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision):

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