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News Release

SIU Investigates Custody Injury involving the Barrie Police Service

Case Number: 08-OCI-192

TORONTO (26 September, 2008) --- The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is appealing for witnesses to an incident involving officers of the Barrie Police Service in which a local man was injured.

Officers were called to the Leticia Heights area of the city, near Barrett Crescent and McVeigh Drive, just after midnight on Sunday September 14, 2008, in response to a call concerning an alleged domestic assault occurring in the street. A man was taken into custody in connection with this incident.

The Barrie Police Service has charged 47-year-old Michael Ronald Thompson of Midhurst with assault and breach of probation.

The SIU is appealing for anyone, who either witnessed this incident or may have any information about it, to contact the Unit at 1-800-787-8529, extension 2314.

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. 

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