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News Release

Toronto Police Officers Charged

Case Number: 09-TCI-199

Mississauga (26 October, 2009) --- The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Ian Scott, has reasonable grounds to believe two Toronto Police Service (TPS) officers committed a criminal offence in connection with an incident involving a Toronto man in April of this year. The Director has caused a criminal charge to be laid against the officers.

On April 24, 2009, at approximately 11:00 p.m., 58-year-old Richard Moore was walking home along Gerrard Street. He passed two police officers who were dealing with another individual. Words were exchanged between the officers and Mr. Moore, and a short time later, there was a physical altercation. Mr. Moore was taken to St. Michael?s Hospital for treatment of injuries.

Constable Edward Ing and Constable John Cruz of the TPS are each facing one charge of Assault Causing Bodily Harm, contrary to s. 267(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.

A summons will be served on the officers tomorrow, and they are compelled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at College Park Courthouse in Toronto on November 16, 2009. The appearance to answer to the charges will take place at 2:00 p.m. in courtroom 505. Justice Prosecutions of the Ministry of the Attorney General will have carriage of the prosecution.

As this matter is now before the courts, and in consideration of fair trial interests, the SIU will make no further comment pertaining to this investigation.

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. 

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