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News Release

Force Used Against Man at Toronto Police Station Deemed to be Reasonably Necessary; No Charges to Issue

Case Number: 18-TCI-058

Mississauga, ON (19 February, 2019) ---
On February 24, 2018, Toronto Police Service (TPS) arrested a 28-year-old man in relation to a domestic dispute, and transported him to the police station where the man acted in an uncooperative and belligerent manner. While doing a Level 3 search, the man was physically resistant and, when a handcuff was removed, he pulled away aggressively from the officers causing his face to strike against the wall. He was immediately grounded and then searched. 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 a serious injury sustained by the man.

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