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News Release

SIU Terminates Toronto Investigation after Determining Man Sustained Injury When He Fell While Running Away from Police

Case Number: 18-TCI-324

Mississauga, ON (15 January, 2019) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the November 2018 arrest of a 19-year-old man in Toronto.

In the afternoon hours of November 3, 2018, a Toronto Police Service officer was in the area of Thorncliffe Park Drive when he saw a man who had breached a release condition. When the man saw the police cruiser, he ran away, but fell several times in the process. The police officer caught up to the man and arrested him. The man was taken to the police station, and then transported to hospital where he was diagnosed with a broken wrist. 

Director Loparco said, “The video evidence shows that the man fell on numerous occasions while trying to run from police. His injury occurred when he fell, and had nothing to do with the conduct of the officers. Accordingly, I have terminated the investigation into this incident.”

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