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News Release

SIU Determines CEW Discharges were Reasonably Necessary to Arrest Man in Toronto who had Assaulted and Made Threats to Others

Case Number: 18-TCI-230

Mississauga, ON (3 September, 2019) ---
In the evening of August 1, 2018, Toronto Police Service officers responded to a restaurant for a report of a man who had assaulted an individual, made threats to other individuals and possibly possessed a knife. When the man would not cooperate with officers, two officers discharged their conducted energy weapons. The second discharge caused the man to fall down a flight of stairs. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a Toronto Police Service officer in relation to the serious injuries sustained by the man.

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision): 

The SIU is an independent civilian 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,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342