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News Release

SIU Terminates Investigation in St. Thomas

Case Number: 18-OCI-153

Mississauga, ON (5 July, 2018) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the injury sustained by a 26-year-old man in St. Thomas in May of 2018.

At approximately 1:30 p.m. on May 23, 2018, St. Thomas Police Service officers attended a residence on Balaclava Street in St. Thomas to arrest the man on outstanding warrants. The officers located him in the home and he was taken into custody. While at the police station the man complained of a sore eye and was transported to hospital where he was treated for an alleged fractured orbital bone.   SIU investigators made several attempts to locate the man and finally met with him, in the presence of his lawyer, at the Provincial Court House in St. Thomas.  During this meeting the man indicated that he did not wish the SIU to investigate his injury. 
Director Loparco said, “Without the medical records, which we cannot obtain without his consent, there is no way to determine the extent of the injury or how it was sustained. As the man refused to participate in the SIU’s investigation, 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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Jasbir Dhillon,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342