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News Release

SIU CONCLUDES INVESTIGATION IN LONDON

Case Number: 08-OCI-249

TORONTO (15 January, 2009) --- The Deputy Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), James Cornish, has concluded that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any London Police Service (LPS) officer committed any criminal offence in relation to the injury of a London man on November 21, 2008.

On November 21, 2008 members of the LPS Emergency Response Unit executed a search warrant at a Commissioner Road address. When the officers entered the residence they located two men. During the course of the investigation one of the men, a 19-year-old, became involved in a physical altercation with two of the officers that were present. This man received a facial injury that required medical treatment at Victoria Hospital.

The SIU assigned three investigators along with two forensic investigators to the circumstances surrounding this incident.

The Deputy Director said, "Officers of the LPS forcibly entered an apartment to execute a search warrant. A 19-year-old man physically resisted the officers immediately upon the officers' entry into the apartment. The man struggled with the officers as they attempted to affect his apprehension." Mr. Cornish added, "The evidence indicates that the officers did indeed use force to overcome the man's resistance. I am satisfied that the force used was a measured and reasonably necessary response to the resistance posed by the man, and fell well within the limits prescribed by the Criminal Code of Canada."

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