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News Release

SIU Terminates Brantford Investigation after Determining Injury Was Sustained Prior to Interaction with Police

Case Number: 19-OCI-041

Mississauga, ON (13 March, 2019) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into an interaction that occurred last month between a 31-year-old man and Brantford Police Service officers.

At approximately 2:30 a.m. on February 23, 2019, the man was arrested at a residence by Hamilton Police Service regarding a domestic assault, and he was taken to the Brantford Police Service station. Upon being booked, the man complained of a head injury and he was taken to hospital.  He was diagnosed with a subdural hemorrhage. 

Director Loparco said, “Police officers did not cause or contribute to the man’s injury. His injury was related to an altercation at a bar that had occurred shortly prior to his arrest. 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