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News Release

SIU Terminates Investigation into Arrest Of Man in Toronto Coffee Shop

Case Number: 19-TCI-269

Mississauga, ON (18 December, 2019) ---
The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into an interaction that occurred last month inside a Toronto coffee shop.

On the morning of November 13, 2019, Toronto Police Service officers responded to a Tim Hortons located at 1094 Bloor Street West for an assault call. Soon after arriving, an officer and a 44-year-old man engaged in a struggle. The man was arrested and taken to the police station. When he complained of pain to his right hand, he was transported to hospital for treatment.

Interim Director Martino said, “SIU investigators spoke with the man briefly the day of the incident, at which time he made it clear that he was not interested in being interviewed by the SIU. In the absence of a fulsome statement from the man, I am satisfied that there is presently an insufficient foundation from which to continue with an investigation of this matter. Indeed, given the man’s refusal to cooperate with investigators, the SIU is also unable to gather his medical records to confirm whether it even has a “serious injury” for purposes of its jurisdiction. A video recording, while depicting a struggle between the officer and the man, is not in itself helpful in assessing whether the man was the subject of excessive police force. In the circumstances, the investigation is hereby discontinued, and the file, closed.”

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