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News Release

SIU Finds no Evidence that Peel Police Officers Used Excessive Force when Assisting to Restrain Man in Hospital

Case Number: 17-OCI-221

Mississauga, ON (21 September, 2018) ---
On August 21, 2017, Peel Regional Police (PRP) officers were dispatched to the Pearson International Airport to investigate a passenger who was behaving strangely. Due to his erratic behavior and him indicating that he had ingested LSD, the man was transported to an Etobicoke hospital by ambulance. While hospital staff and police officers made attempts to restrain the man in order to provide him with treatment, the man sustained a serious injury. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a PRP officer in relation to the injury. 

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