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News Release

SIU Appeals for Witnesses in the Investigation of A Custody Death Involving the Niagara Regional Police

Case Number: 08-OCD-199

TORONTO (22 September, 2008) --- The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is appealing for witnesses in connection with the death of a Grimsby teenager, who died after being arrested by officers of the Niagara Regional Police Service over the weekend.

On Saturday September 20, 2008 shortly before midnight, officers responded to calls from residents on Woodsview Avenue in Grimsby about a man breaking into vehicles along the street. When officers arrived, they found a suspect being held by a member of the public. A short time after being handcuffed, the suspect collapsed at the scene. He was taken to West Lincoln Memorial Hospital where he later died.

The deceased has been identified as 18-year-old Daniel Kindree of Grimbsy.

An autopsy held today was inconclusive; no anatomical cause of death was found. Toxicology tests have been ordered to be carried at the Centre of Forensic Sciences in Toronto to determine a cause of death.

The SIU's Affected Person's Coordinator is assisting the family in dealing with the death.

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The SIU is appealing for anyone, who either witnessed this incident or may have any information about Mr. Kindree's whereabouts prior to his death, to contact the Unit at 1-800-787-8529, extension 1925.

The SIU has assigned eight field investigators and forensic experts to this case. Five Niagara Regional Police officers have been designated - one subject officer and four witness officers - to be interviewed.

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