News Release

SIU Terminates Toronto Investigation

Case Number: 17-TCI-325

Mississauga, ON (14 December, 2017) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into an interaction that occurred last month in Toronto.  

At approximately 5 a.m. on November 8, 2017, the man was in the area of Coxwell Avenue and Danforth Avenue when he was stopped by police. He was subsequently arrested. At hospital, the man was diagnosed with a hand fracture.

Director Loparco said, “Based on the evidence, it is clear that the man’s broken hand was self-inflicted, having occurred prior to him leaving his residence and before any contact with police. As no police officer was involved or otherwise contributed to the man’s injury, I have terminated the investigation into this incident.”

The SIU is an independent government agency that investigates the conduct of officials (police officers as well as special constables with the Niagara Parks Commission and peace officers with the Legislative Protective Service) that may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault and/or the discharge of a firearm at a person. All investigations are conducted by SIU investigators who are civilians. Under the Special Investigations Unit Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether the official has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, cause a criminal charge to be laid against the official where grounds exist for doing so, or close the file without any charges being laid
  • publicly report the results of its investigations

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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