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No Serious Injury Sustained by Man Who Fell out of Recycling Bin; SIU Terminates Mississauga Investigation

Case Number: 18-OCI-254

Mississauga, ON (18 October, 2018) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into an interaction that occurred last month in Mississauga between a 20-year-old man and Peel Regional Police (PRP) officers.

On the evening of August 27, 2018, PRP officers were conducting an investigation in the area of Britannia Road West and Whitehorn Avenue. Incorrectly assuming that police were in the area looking for him, the 20-year-old man hid in a large single-home recycling container to evade the police. When a police dog alerted the officers to someone hiding in the recycling container, the officers ordered the man to exit and they then tipped over the container. The man fell out and he was arrested. As a result of feeling pain in his arm, the man was taken to hospital for treatment.

Director Loparco said, “There is no medical evidence of the man suffering any new injury from falling out of the recycling bin in which he was hiding. Accordingly, I have terminated the investigation into this incident.”

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