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News Release

No Criminal Charges to Issue in Relation to Injury Sustained by Man in Thunder Bay

Case Number: 17-OCI-358

Mississauga, ON (20 December, 2018) ---
On December 4, 2017, Thunder Bay Police Service (TBPS) officers arrested a 41-year-old man for public intoxication. Due to a previous brain injury and his state of intoxication, he was transported to hospital. While waiting to be seen, the man was seated in a wheelchair. When he abruptly stood up, he fell forward and struck his head. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a Thunder Bay Police Service officer in relation to this incident.

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