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News Release

No Criminal Charges Warranted in Relation to Yonge Street Arrest of Man in Toronto Armed with Knives

Case Number: 17-TCI-106

Mississauga, ON (18 September, 2018) ---
On May 8, 2017, an individual reported to 911 that a man was walking along Yonge Street in Toronto, openly brandishing two knives. Toronto Police Service officers located the man and used several tactics in an attempt to disarm him, from using verbal commands, to using their own physical strength, to discharging a less lethal shotgun at the man, and then to using an extendable baton in order to force the man to drop his weapons. After eventually subduing the man, he was transported to hospital and later diagnosed with fractured wrists. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any officer in relation to this incident. 

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision):https://www.ontario.ca/page/special-investigations-unit-siu-directors-reports. 

The Director’s Report was delivered to the Attorney General, as is required by law under the Police Services Act. The Attorney General has directed that the document be posted online. 

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