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News Release

No Criminal Wrongdoing on Part of Officers in Relation to Arrest of Machete-Wielding Man in Newmarket

Case Number: 17-OCI-220

Mississauga, ON (10 December, 2018) ---
On August 21, 2017, York Regional Police (YRP) officers attended a commercial plaza on Yonge Street in Newmarket as a man had been seen in possession of a machete. Officers located the man, and he eventually dropped the weapon. After a struggle with officers, the man was arrested. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any YRP officer in relation to the serious injury sustained by the 40-year-old man during his arrest. 

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision): 

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