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News Release

SIU Invokes Mandate Following Judge's Ruling in Toronto Police Drug Investigation

Case Number: 08-TCI-138

TORONTO (29 July, 2008) --- The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is looking into the case of a Toronto man, who suffered serious injuries during a Toronto Police Service investigation into drugs and weapons possession two years ago.

At the conclusion of a criminal trial in Toronto, the SIU learned from media accounts of the outcome published on July 5, 2008 that 24-year-old Shayne Fisher, had suffered a fractured rib, perforated eardrum and bruising around the eye during a police raid.

SIU investigators are appealing for witnesses who may have either witnessed or any knowledge of an altercation between Mr. Fisher and Toronto Police officers at apartment 305-1550 Lawrence Avenue West near Keele Street at approximately 8:15 p.m. June 7, 2006.

Anyone who may be able to assist the SIU in its investigation is asked to contact the Unit at 416-622-2150 or 1-800-787-8529 extension 2150.

The SIU is presently in the process of designating both subject and witness officers for interviews as part of its probe.

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