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News Release

Due to Man’s Refusal to Assist in Case, SIU Terminates Hamilton Investigation

Case Number: 18-OCI-300

Mississauga, ON (15 November, 2018) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into an October 2018 interaction that occurred between a 28-year-old man and a Hamilton Police Service (HPS) officer.

At approximately 5 p.m. on October 7, 2018, HPS officers were dispatched to the area of Aberdeen Avenue and Cottage Avenue to investigate a suspicious person opening doors of parked vehicles. One of the officers located a person of interest and engaged in conversation with him. Suddenly, a struggle ensued between the man and officer. With the help of a civilian, the officer was able to handcuff the man. The man was then transported to hospital for treatment.

While SIU investigators attempted to meet with the man for an interview on several occasions, the man did not respond to any inquiries made by the SIU.

Director Loparco said, “The man would not meet with or provide SIU investigators with a statement or otherwise assist with the investigation. Further, we could not determine the extent of the injury, if any, as we did not have authorization to access the man’s medical records. As such, 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, monica.hudon@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342