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News Release

SIU Investigates Custody Death Involving the Peel Regional Police Service

Case Number: 08-OCI-194

TORONTO (17 September, 2008) --- The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is probing the circumstances surrounding the death of a Brampton man, who died September 17, 2008 while in the custody of Peel Regional Police.

On September 16, 2008, 42-year-old Sean Reilly was arrested at a residence in Mississauga on a charge of assault with a weapon and taken to Number 12 Division on Dixie Road at approximately 5 p.m. During a struggle in the cell area, a Taser was used to subdue him. Mr. Reilly went into medical distress and was taken to the Trillium Health Centre where he died at approximately 4:45 a.m. today. A post-mortem to determine the cause of death has not yet been scheduled.

The SIU has designated four subject officers and one witness officer as part of its investigation.

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