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News Release

SIU Confirms Investigation Related to Man’s Death in Hamilton

Case Number: 18-OOD-130

Mississauga, ON (24 August, 2018) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of 19-year-old Yosif Al-Hasnawi in Hamilton in December of 2017.

On the night of December 2, 2017, Mr. Al-Hasnawi was on Sanford Avenue North when he was shot by another individual. Mr. Al-Hasnawi was taken to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. 

Given allegations in the media at the time regarding the actions of first responders at the scene, including police, the SIU began making preliminary inquiries to assess whether there was a basis to invoke the Unit’s jurisdiction. Based on the results of those preliminary inquiries, which included medical evidence, the SIU can confirm that it is investigating the role of one Hamilton Police Service officer in relation to this incident. Additionally, two witness officers have been designated.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529. The Unit is also urging anyone who may have any video evidence related to this incident to upload that video through the SIU website.

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