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News Release

SIU Appeals for Witnesses to an Incident Involving Officers of the Hamilton Police Service

Case Number: 08-OCI-182

TORONTO (8 September, 2008) --- The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is appealing for witnesses to an incident that took place in Hamilton's entertainment district.

On Saturday September 6, 2008 between 1:30 a.m. and 2 a.m., officers responded to a disturbance call in front of 33 Hess Street, which is also the name of the pub located at that address in the city's downtown core between Main and King Streets. During an altercation with police, a 20-year-old man received a fractured jaw.

The SIU is appealing for anyone, who either witnessed this incident or may have any information about this matter, to contact the Unit at 416-622-0748, extension 1965, or 1-800-787-8529.

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