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News Release

Man’s Injury a Result of Him Punching Cell Wall; SIU Terminates Simcoe Investigation

Case Number: 19-PCI-055

Mississauga, ON (5 April, 2019) ---
Then Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated the investigation into a serious injury sustained by a 44-year-old man last month while he was lodged in an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) cell.

On Thursday, March 14, 2019, OPP officers were called to a department store in Simcoe to investigate a shoplifting complaint. A man was taken into custody and transported to the OPP Simcoe detachment where he was lodged in a cell. While in the cell, the man punched the cell wall with a closed right fist. When the man complained the following morning of an injury to his right hand, he was taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with a fracture.

Then Director Loparco said, “The man’s injury was self-inflicted and had nothing to do with the conduct of the police officers. 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