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News Release

SIU Appealing for Witnesses to Interaction between Woman and Police in Chatham

Case Number: 18-PCI-076

Mississauga, ON (16 March, 2018) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit is appealing for witnesses to an interaction that occurred on the weekend between a 24-year-old woman and Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers with the Chatham-Kent detachment. The SIU was notified of the incident by the woman.

Preliminary information suggests the following:
  • Close to midnight on March 10, 2018, the woman was traveling eastbound on Park Avenue West. Just south of Lacroix Street, the woman was pulled over by an OPP officer.
  • There was an interaction, and the woman was arrested.
  • Soon after being released from the police station, the woman attended hospital where she was diagnosed with serious injuries.

At this time, two investigators and one forensic investigator have been assigned to this incident. Two subject officers and four witness officers have been designated.

The SIU is urging anyone who may have information about this investigation to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529. The Unit is also urging anyone who may have any video evidence related to this incident to upload that video through the SIU website.

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