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News Release

Force Used by Officer in Arrest of Woman Deemed to be Reasonably Necessary; No Charges to Issue in Toronto Case

Case Number: 17-TCI-228

Mississauga, ON (11 December, 2018) ---
On the evening of August 23, 2017, a Toronto Police Service officer observed a woman selling drugs on Queen Street East, and as a result, arrested her. While being handcuffed, the woman thrashed around, and then continued to struggle in the police cruiser. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a Toronto Police Service officer in relation to the serious injury sustained by the woman. 

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