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News Release

SIU Terminates Markham Investigation

Case Number: 18-OCI-357

Mississauga, ON (4 April, 2019) ---
Then Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into an incident that occurred in December of 2018 at a York Regional Police (YRP) station.

At approximately 11:45 p.m. on December 13, 2018, YRP officers observed a 33-year-old man who appeared to be intoxicated in a Tim Hortons parking lot located at 7330 Markham Road. Officers arrested the man on a charge of being intoxicated in a public place and transported him to the police station out of concern for his own safety.  While in the police vehicle, the man became extremely belligerent and violent and continuously banged both of his hands on the Plexiglas divider. On arrival at the police station, the man stumbled forward into the booking room and fell on his back. He was violent and resistive throughout the booking process, and once placed in a cell, he repeatedly banged on the interior of the cell door with both hands and kicked the interior of the cell door with both feet. When the man complained of pain in his hand, paramedics transported the man to hospital for treatment.

Then Director Loparco said, “SIU investigators made numerous attempts to interview the man, but he refused to cooperate with the SIU’s investigation. 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