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News Release

SIU Terminates Kitchener Investigation

Case Number: 18-OCI-366

Mississauga, ON (15 January, 2019) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into an incident that occurred last month in a Waterloo Regional Police Service cell.  

On December 19, 2018, Waterloo Regional Police Service officers arrested a 24-year-old man in a convenience store for two robberies. The man was then taken to the police station and lodged in a cell. While in the cell, the man banged his head on the cell bars with extreme force several times. Officers attended and spoke with the man. He continued to hit his head on the bars and punch himself in the face. The man was taken to hospital for treatment of injuries. 
 
Director Loparco said, “The video evidence clearly establishes that any injury suffered by the man was self-inflicted and did not result from police conduct. In addition, the medical evidence shows no indication of serious injury. As such, 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