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News Release

SIU Terminates Toronto Investigation

Case Number: 18-TCI-359

Mississauga, ON (4 January, 2019) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into an interaction that occurred last month between Toronto Police Service officers and a 43-year-old man.

In the early morning hours of December 15, 2018, a woman called police after hearing a man outside her apartment unit hallway yell that he had been stabbed. As a result, police officers were dispatched to the Davenport Road apartment building. When the man who had been injured stepped out of the elevator and onto the ground floor, an officer was standing in front of the elevators. The man put his hands up in the air, and held his right foot off the floor to favour it. He was taken to the floor and handcuffed while police investigated the stabbing report. The man was taken to hospital and diagnosed with a fractured right tibia and fibula.

Director Loparco said, “The evidence is clear that the man was already injured prior to any police interaction with him. 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