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Woman’s Injuries in Picton Due in Part to Medical Condition; No Criminal Charges Warranted Against Police

Case Number: 17-PCI-249   

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Mississauga, ON (28 September, 2018) ---
On September 9, 2017, paramedics requested that the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) attend a call with them in regards to treating a 54-year-old woman’s low blood sugar levels and her reported strange behavior. When officers and paramedics arrived at the apartment, the woman became violent and refused to be treated. The officers managed to gain control of the woman by taking her to the floor. She was then treated by the paramedics and transported to hospital. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against an OPP officer in relation to a serious injury sustained by the woman.
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 government agency that investigates the conduct of officials (police officers as well as special constables with the Niagara Parks Commission and peace officers with the Legislative Protective Service) that may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault and/or the discharge of a firearm at a person. All investigations are conducted by SIU investigators who are civilians. Under the Special Investigations Unit Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether the official has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, cause a criminal charge to be laid against the official where grounds exist for doing so, or close the file without any charges being laid
  • publicly report the results of its investigations

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