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News Release

SIU Closes Second Investigation into York Custody Injury

Case Number: 09-OCI-104

Mississauga (1 June, 2010) --- On May 14, 2009, the York Regional Police Service notified the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) of an injury to Stephen Gregory during a roadside arrest at Hwy 7 and Weston Road in Vaughan. An investigation ensued, which culminated in a conclusion by Director Ian Scott that no reasonable grounds existed to charge any of the subject officers. The investigation determined that Mr. Gregory was arrested after driving slowly into the back of another automobile. When police officers arrived, he failed to identify himself and comply with their directions. They misapprehended Mr. Gregory's resistance as wilful belligerence and used force to remove him from his van, which resulted in Mr. Gregory suffering a fractured scapula. Regrettably, though the officers could not have known, Mr. Gregory's behaviour was actually the result of the acute onset of a medical condition at the time.
In April 2010, the SIU reopened the investigation after learning there were additional witnesses who wanted to provide information. These witnesses were interviewed, as was another witness who had provided a statement to the SIU during the original investigation but now claimed he had further information to provide.

Upon his review of the additional information, Director Scott concluded, "I continue to remain of the view that no probable cause exists to believe the subject officers committed a criminal offence in relation to the arrest of Mr. Gregory."

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