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News Release

No Grounds to Lay Charges in Relation to Death of Man in Hamilton

Case Number: 18-OOD-130

Mississauga, ON (25 April, 2019) ---
Then Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a Hamilton Police Service officer in relation to the death of 19-year-old Yosif Al-Hasnawi, who was shot by another individual on December 2, 2017. Given allegations in the media at the time regarding the actions of first responders at the scene, including police, the SIU launched an investigation into this incident following preliminary inquiries.

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision):https://www.siu.on.ca/en/directors_reports.php. 

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