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News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation Into Incident During Fanshawe College Orientation Week in London

Case Number: 08-OCI-184

TORONTO (23 December, 2008) --- The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has determined that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that two officers of the London Police Service committed a criminal offence in their arrest of a Fanshawe College student during Orientation Week.

"The first-year student was intoxicated in a public place with a can of beer in his hand when officers exercised their legal authority under the Liquor Licence Act to arrest the teenager because he refused to identify himself," concluded SIU Director Ian Scott. "He fought with both officers, who meted out a series of punches and knee strikes in order to subdue and take him into custody."

During the early morning hours of September 6, 2008, officers of the London Police Service were on patrol in response to open drinking and other alcohol-related concerns near 190 Fleming Drive, an off-campus, privately owned student housing complex near Fanshawe College. The 18-year-old student sustained a fractured orbital bone under his left eye as a result of the struggle with police, who were attempting to arrest him. Uniformed officers arrived to assist in handcuffing the teenager and to control the crowd that had gathered around the officers.

Mr. Scott noted: "Given the nature of this volatile and dynamic situation, the force used by the subject officers was not excessive under the circumstances."

During its investigation, the SIU interviewed five police officers and 15 civilian witnesses, the majority of whom were students, and reviewed the London Police Service's use-of-force policy, communications tapes and incident reports. SIU investigators also reviewed police and private security video footage of the scene. The SIU wishes to acknowledge the assistance of A-Channel News in London for providing raw footage of the overall Orientation Week activity.

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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