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News Release

SIU Investigation Continues into Custody Death Involving the Peel Regional Police Service

Case Number: 08-OCI-194

TORONTO (22 September, 2008) --- The following is an update to the SIU news releases of September 17, 2008 and September 20, 2008 re: the custody death of 42-year-old Sean Reilly. Mr. Reilly went into medical distress after being tasered in the cell area of 12 Division on September 16th and died later in hospital.

A post-mortem has shown no anatomical cause of death. The pathologist has ordered toxicology tests at the Centre of Forensic Sciences in Toronto to assist in determining the exact cause of death.

The SIU investigation continues this week with ongoing interviews of subject and witness officers.

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