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Man’s Injury Sustained When He Punched Cell Door; SIU Terminates Timmins Investigation

Case Number: 18-OCI-352

Mississauga, ON (3 January, 2019) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the injury sustained by a 40-year-old man last month in Timmins.  

At approximately 6 p.m. on December 12, 2018, a Timmins Police Service (TPS) officer was dispatched to a restaurant on Cedar Street South in response to a man refusing to leave. The man was arrested and transported to the TPS headquarters where he was lodged in a cell. While in the cell, the man punched the Plexiglas portion of the cell door frame with a clenched right fist. Then with the heel of his left palm, he again struck the Plexiglas portion of the cell’s frame. When the man complained of pain in his hand, he was taken to hospital for treatment.
 
Director Loparco said, “The cell video clearly establishes that the man’s injury was self-inflicted. Accordingly, I have terminated the investigation into this incident.”

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