SIU Lays Assault Charge against Toronto Police Officer
Case Number: 18-TCI-246
(28 March, 2019) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Tony Loparco, has reasonable grounds to believe that a Toronto Police Service (TPS) officer committed a criminal offence in relation to an incident involving a 62-year-old man in June of 2018. Director Loparco has caused a charge to be laid against the officer.
The SIU investigation found that on the night of June 29, 2018, TPS officers responded to a 911 call at an apartment building located at 251 Sherbourne Street. The officers entered the building in relation to the call and while inside there was an interaction between the subject officer and the man. The man suffered serious injuries as a result of the interaction.
As a result of the SIU investigation, TPS Constable Jason Boag 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 444 Yonge Street, College Park in Toronto on April 29, 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 independent government agency that investigates the conduct of officials (police officers as well as special constables with the Niagara Parks Commission and peace officers with the Legislative Protective Service) that may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault and/or the discharge of a firearm at a person. All investigations are conducted by SIU investigators who are civilians. Under the Special Investigations Unit Act, the Director of the SIU must
- consider whether the official has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident under investigation
- depending on the evidence, cause a criminal charge to be laid against the official where grounds exist for doing so, or close the file without any charges being laid
- publicly report the results of its investigations
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