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News Release

Man’s Injury Occurred Prior to Contact with Police; SIU Terminates Kitchener Investigation

Case Number: 18-OCI-131

Mississauga, ON (30 May, 2018) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into an April 2018 interaction that occurred in Kitchener. 

At approximately 1:45 a.m. on April 27, 2018, a Waterloo Regional Police Service vehicle approached a vehicle parked on Ottawa Street in Kitchener. Upon seeing police, the driver of the vehicle fled, and moments later, the vehicle collided with some stone pavers by a house. The passenger of the vehicle – a 23-year-old male – complained of pain his in right hand and was taken to hospital for treatment. Through the investigation, it was learned that the man sustained his hand injury days prior, when he punched a door. 

Director Loparco said, “The man’s hand injury occurred prior to his contact with police. 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