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News Release

Use of Alleged Force by Officer Fell Within Permitted Level; No Charges to Issue for Arrest of Man in St. Catharines

Case Number: 18-OCI-006

Mississauga, ON (28 January, 2019) ---
On January 10, 2018, Niagara Regional Police Service officers attended a residence in St. Catharines for a domestic assault. The officers located a 34-year-old man in an upstairs bedroom of the residence. The man resisted arrest and a struggle ensued between him and two officers. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a NRPS officer in relation to a serious injury sustained by the man.

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