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News Release

SIU Terminates Toronto Investigation

Case Number: 18-TCI-111

Mississauga, ON (25 February, 2019) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into an April 2018 interaction that occurred between Toronto Police Service (TPS) officers and a 38-year-old man.

At approximately 5:30 p.m. on April 9, 2018, TPS officers arrived at the Seaton House to deal with a man who had been acting violently with personnel. The man left the shelter with the police officers, and as a precautionary measure, he was taken to hospital for a medical assessment. Upon arrival at hospital, the man became agitated and violent. He was arrested at the scene and transported to the police station. While at the police station, the man assaulted two police officers. When the man complained of left hand pain, he was taken to hospital again. 

Director Loparco said, “There is an absence of evidence that any police conduct caused the man’s injury. As such, I have terminated the investigation into this incident.”

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