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News Release

SIU Terminates Leamington Investigation

Case Number: 18-PCI-054

Mississauga, ON (29 March, 2018) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into an interaction that occurred between Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers and a 59-year-old man in August of 2017 in Leamington. The incident was brought to the SIU’s attention on February 22, 2018.

At approximately 1 p.m. on August 2, 2018, OPP officers and a social worker attended the man’s home to apprehend him in relation to the Mental Health Act. The man would not let the officers access to his home and he would not open the door. After almost one hour of attempting to negotiate with the man through the door and a window, the man was apprehended and transported to hospital.

Director Loparco said, “The medical evidence establishes that the man did not suffer a serious injury. Accordingly, I have terminated the investigation into this incident.”

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