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News Release

No Basis to Charge Officers in Relation to Interaction in Toronto Police Station Search Room

Case Number: 19-TCI-226

Mississauga, ON (24 June, 2020) ---
On June 24, 2019, Toronto Police Service officers arrested a 24-year-old man for assault at the York University, and transported him to the police station. While in a search room, the man resisted the officers’ efforts to search him and a struggle ensued in the course of which the man was taken to the ground. The search was completed and the man was lodged in a cell. After being released from custody, the man attended hospital where he was diagnosed with a fractured rib. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there is no basis to proceed with criminal charges in this case.

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