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News Release

Due to SIU’s Inability to Identify Officer Who Kicked Man in Face, No Charges to Issue in Toronto Case

Case Number: 17-TCI-311

Mississauga, ON (12 December, 2018) ---
On October 23, 2017, Toronto Police Service officers executed a search warrant on a man’s residence in Toronto. The man was found in a hallway and ordered to the floor while the residence was contained. The man complied and lay on his stomach as directed until he was handcuffed. At some point, the man was kicked in the face by an unknown officer. While the Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has grounds to believe a criminal offence was committed, no charges will be laid due to the inability to identify the officer responsible for the man’s injury. 

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision):https://www.siu.on.ca/en/directors_reports.php. 

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