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News Release

Windsor Police Officer Charged

Case Number: 10-OCI-082

Mississauga (9 June, 2010) --- The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Ian Scott, has reasonable grounds to believe that an officer with the Windsor Police Service (WPS) committed a criminal offence in relation to injuries sustained by a 37-year-old man. Director Scott has caused a charge to be laid against the officer.

The incident occurred on April 22, 2010. The SIU was notified that on this date, at approximately 5:00 p.m., the man was arrested in the parking lot near the entrance door to Jackson Park Health Centre by a plainclothes officer with the WPS. There was an interaction between the man and the officer, and the man sustained serious injuries to his facial area.

As a result of the SIU investigation, Detective David Van Buskirk of the WPS is facing one charge of Assault Causing Bodily Harm, contrary to s. 267(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.

The officer is required to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at 200 Chatham Street East in Windsor on July 8, 2010. The Justice Prosecutions branch 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,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342