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News Release

SIU Finds Criminal Charges not Warranted in Relation to Arrest of Man at Niagara Falls Motel

Case Number: 17-OCI-128

Mississauga, ON (20 September, 2018) ---
In the early morning hours of May 27, 2017, Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) officers attended a motel in Niagara Falls after the motel manager called requesting police assistance. The manager indicated that people in a room were possibly damaging property, and that one of the occupants may have a gun. Following an interaction with the occupants in this room, police officers arrested a 42-year-old man. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a NRPS officer in relation to injuries sustained by the man. 

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision): 

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,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342