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News Release

SIU Director Lacks Basis for Laying of Criminal Charges Against Officer in Relation to Interaction with Woman at Toronto Car Dealership

Case Number: 18-TCI-043

Mississauga, ON (22 January, 2019) ---
On February 14, 2018, a Toronto Police Service officer was dispatched to a car dealership on Dufferin Street as a 75-year-old woman refused to leave the premises. After speaking with the woman for almost 20 minutes and asking her to leave, the officer grabbed the woman’s arm to turn her around and escort her out of the dealership. The woman fell and sustained a serious injury. 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