No Criminal Charges Warranted in Relation to Death of Man in Toronto
Case Number: 17-TCD-350
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(28 December, 2018) ---
On the night of November 26, 2017, officers with the Toronto Police Service (TPS) responded to a Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) apartment building in the area of Sherbourne Street and Dundas Street East for a disturbance call. When officers arrived at the TCHC security office, a 57-year-old man was in the office – he was seated and had been handcuffed. The officers took over custody of the man and stood him up to perform a search. Following the search he was allowed to be seated again. Shortly after being seated, the man fell to the ground and went vital signs absent. Paramedics, who were already on scene, performed CPR on the man and transported him to hospital where he was pronounced dead at 11:15 p.m. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any TPS officer in relation to the man’s death.
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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