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News Release

Charge Laid against Toronto Police Service Officer

Case Number: 09-TCI-066

TORONTO (17 April, 2009) --- The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Ian Scott, has reasonable grounds to believe that a Toronto Police Service (TPS) police officer is criminally responsible for the injuries sustained by a 30-year-old Toronto man and has caused a criminal charge to be laid against the officer.

On April 23, 2008 TPS officers arrested a man on St. Clarens Avenue south of Bloor Street West. The man was later released from custody. The man contacted the TPS on April 24, 2008 and reported that he had sustained injuries during the arrest. The matter was then referred to the SIU for investigation.

Based on the results of the SIU investigation, the Director caused a charge of Assault Causing Bodily Harm contrary to section 267(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada to be laid against Constable Jason Goss of 14 Division TPS.

A summons was served on the officer this morning compelling his appearance before the Ontario Court of Justice at Old City Hall, Toronto on March 31, 2009, to answer to the charge. 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 the fair trial interests of the charged officer and the community, 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. 

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