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News Release

SIU Lays Charge Against Police Officer in Relation to London Incident

Case Number: 19-OCI-034

Mississauga, ON (26 March, 2019) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Tony Loparco, has reasonable grounds to believe a London Police Service (LPS) officer committed a criminal offence in relation to the arrest of a 54 year-old man in February 2019. Director Loparco has caused a charge to be laid against the officer.  

The SIU investigation determined that on Sunday, February 10, 2019, a 54-year old injured man was taken to the Emergency Department of Victoria Hospital in London by a Good Samaritan.  While there, a police officer, who was in the Emergency Department on an unrelated matter, learned that there was an outstanding warrant for the man’s arrest. The subject officer attended Victoria Hospital to arrest the man.  There was an interaction and the man sustained serious injuries.  

As a result of the SIU investigation, LPS Constable Travis Buckle has been charged with one count of assault causing bodily harm, contrary to s. 267 (b) of the Criminal Code

The officer is required to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at 80 Dundas Street in London on April 15, 2019. 

The matter is now properly before the courts. In consideration of the fair trial interests of the accused, the SIU will make no further comment pertaining to this investigation.

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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Jasbir Dhillon, jasbir.dhillon@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342