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News Release

Woman was Armed with Knife in Hamilton; SIU Determines Use of CEW by Police to be Most Viable and Reasonable Option

Case Number: 16-OCI-196

Mississauga, ON (7 May, 2018) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a Hamilton Police Service officer in relation to the serious injuries sustained by a 30-year-old woman as a result of an interaction with officers in July of 2016. In order to apprehend the woman who was armed with a knife, multiple officers deployed their conducted energy weapons.

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