SIU Terminates Investigation as Fall From Balcony in Scarborough not the Result of Police Actions
Case Number: 18-TCI-039
(9 March, 2018) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation involving the Toronto Police Service (TPS) in relation to the injuries sustained last month by a 22-year-old man.
At approximately 4:30 p.m. on February 7, 2018, TPS officers attended an apartment building in the area of Markham Road and Kingston Road in Scarborough after a 911 call was received regarding a domestic incident. Upon arrival, police attempted to speak with a man who had barricaded himself in his bedroom. A short time later – while police were still outside the bedroom – the man exited through his bedroom window, and onto the balcony. While climbing over the balcony railing, he slipped and fell to the ground below. He was transported to hospital by ambulance for treatment of a head injury.
Director Loparco said, “The man’s injuries were the result of his own misadventure and not the result of any actions by police officers. Accordingly, 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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