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News Release

SIU Appeals for Witnesses to an Incident Involving London Police Service Officers During Orientation Week Near Fanshawe College

Case Number: 08-OCI-184

TORONTO (8 September, 2008) --- The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is appealing for witnesses to an incident that took place during Orientation Week in London, Ontario.

During the early morning hours of September 6, 2008, officers of the London Police Service were on patrol in response to open drinking and other alcohol-related concerns near 190 Fleming Drive, an area comprised of off-campus, privately-run student residences near Fanshawe College. An 18-year-old student received a fractured orbital bone under his left eye as a result of a struggle with police who were attempting to arrest him as a crowd gathered around the officers. The youth was treated at Victoria Hospital in London. Once the seriousness of the injury was assessed, the London Police Service notified the SIU to conduct an investigation in accordance with the agency's mandate.

Anyone, who either witnessed this incident at approximately 3 a.m. Saturday September 6th or may have any information about this matter, is asked to contact the SIU at 1-800-787-8529, extension 9007.

The SIU has designated seven officers - two subject officers and five 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. 

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