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News Release

SIU Terminates Investigation into Arrest of Man in Ottawa

Case Number: 18-OCI-378

Mississauga, ON (4 April, 2019) ---
Then Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the arrest of a 46-year-old man on December 1, 2018 by Ottawa Police Service (OPS) officers. The SIU was notified of this incident on December 24, 2018.

Shortly after midnight on December 1, 2018, an OPS officer conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle at the intersection of Holland Avenue and Carling Avenue. Despite the officer asking the driver numerous times to produce his identification, the driver refused to do so. Additional OPS officers attended the scene. The man was placed under arrest and when asked to exit the vehicle, he complied. The man was searched and then released from the scene with Promise to Appear notices. The next day, the man went to hospital for treatment of swelling and pain in both of his wrists.

Then Director Loparco said, “The medical evidence establishes that the man did not suffer a serious injury during his interaction with the police. Accordingly, 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