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News Release

No Criminal Wrongdoing on Part of Police Officers in Relation to Toronto Arrest

Case Number: 18-TCI-052

Mississauga, ON (14 February, 2019) ---
In the afternoon hours of February 21, 2018, Toronto Police Service (TPS) officers attempted to stop a stolen vehicle on Bathurst Street. After a pursuit, the driver exited the stolen vehicle and fled. A civilian who was driving in the area blocked the man using his vehicle, and then exited the vehicle and took the man to the ground. Within seconds, TPS officers arrived and the man was arrested. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a TPS officer in relation to the man’s arrest.

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision):https://www.siu.on.ca/en/directors_reports.php. 

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