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News Release

Toronto Police Officer Charged in Man's Injuries

Case Number: 08-TCI-138

Mississauga (25 February, 2010) --- The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has reviewed the facts surrounding the injuries that were sustained by 26-year-old Shayne Fisher during his arrest in June 2006. The Director of the SIU, Ian Scott, has reasonable grounds to believe a Toronto Police Service (TPS) officer committed a criminal offence in connection with this incident. He has caused criminal charges to be laid against the officer.

The incident took place on June 7, 2006 when a search warrant was executed on an apartment located at 1550 Lawrence Avenue West in Toronto. A number of individuals, including Mr. Fisher, were charged with criminal offences as a result of the execution of the warrant. On June 26, 2008, Mr. Fisher and his co-accused were acquitted of all charges. The SIU only became aware of this incident as a result of the release of the reasons for judgment in that case. As a result of reading the decision by the judge which included allegations of excessive use of force, the SIU ordered a complete set of trial transcripts. For reasons outside the control of the SIU, the investigation was on hold until December 21, 2009 when the transcripts were finally received. They were read upon receipt, and further investigative steps were taken.

Detective Constable Gerrard Arulanandam of the TPS is facing one charge of Assault Causing Bodily Harm, contrary to s. 267(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada, and one charge of Uttering Threats, contrary to s. 264.1(1)(a) of the Criminal Code.

A summons was served on the officer today, and he is compelled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at College Park Courthouse in Toronto on March 22, 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 fair trial interests, 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