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News Release

Refusal to Cooperate Leads SIU to Terminate Windsor Investigation

Case Number: 18-OCI-311

Mississauga, ON (21 November, 2018) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the arrest of a man last month in Windsor.

At approximately 1 a.m. on October 23, 2018, Windsor Police Service officers responded to a break and enter at a business on Chatham Street East. Officers located the man inside the business, and after a struggle, arrested him. Upon arriving at the police station, the man complained of pain. He was transported to hospital for treatment.

SIU investigators were not able to locate the man, but were able to speak with various individuals, including family, associated with the man. The man relayed, through those individuals, that he did not wish to provide a statement to the SIU or speak to the SIU. As the man refused to meet with investigators, a medical consent was not obtained that would have allowed confirmation of any injuries sustained.

Director Loparco said, “The man refused to cooperate with the SIU investigation. Accordingly, 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