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News Release

No Basis for Charges in Relation to Arrest of Man in Markham

Case Number: 17-OCI-173

Mississauga, ON (25 September, 2018) ---
On the evening of July 8, 2017, a 911 call was received by York Regional Police (YRP) requesting that they attend a residence in Markham in relation to a possible break-and enter. When officers arrived, three persons of interest exited a residence and then fled on foot into backyards and forested areas. The officers pursued the individuals by foot, and then apprehended them on railway tracks just west of the GO transit Centennial Station. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a YRP officer in relation to the arrest of a 22-year-old man who was diagnosed in hospital with a serious injury. 

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