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News Release

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Peterborough Interaction

Case Number: 17-OCI-164

Mississauga, ON (8 January, 2019) ---
On June 29, 2017, a 69-year-old man was arrested in a park in Peterborough for being intoxicated in a public place. The man was transported to the Peterborough Police Service station. While a police officer was searching the man in the booking room, the man struck the officer in the face. The officer responded by punching the man back. The man was restrained, and then later taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with a nose fracture. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the officer in this case.

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision):

The SIU is an independent civilian 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