SIU Terminates London Investigation after Man Declines to Participate
Case Number: 18-OVI-137
(1 June, 2018) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into an interaction that occurred last month between London Police Service (LPS) officers and a 26-year-old man.
In the evening hours of May 3, 2018, LPS officers were surveilling a residence on Wharncliffe Road South for the purpose of arresting a man on an outstanding warrant. When the man became aware of the officers’ presence, he ran across Wharncliffe Road South. While in the roadway, he was struck by a vehicle begin driven by a civilian. The man continued running, but was arrested shortly thereafter.
The man refused to be interviewed by the SIU and he did not give SIU investigators access to his medical record related to the incident. Investigators attempted to locate the man days later in the event he had changed his mind about participating, but it was to no avail.
Director Loparco said, “The man declined to provide the SIU with a statement or otherwise participate in an SIU investigation. Accordingly I have terminated the investigation into this incident.”
The SIU is an independent civilian 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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