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News Release

Hamilton Police Officer Charged

Case Number: 10-OCI-096

Mississauga (30 September, 2010) --- The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Ian Scott, has reasonable grounds to believe that an officer with the Hamilton Police Service (HPS) committed a criminal offence in relation to injuries sustained by 58-year-old Po La Hay.  Director Scott has caused a charge to be laid against the officer.   

The incident occurred on May 4, 2010.  The SIU was notified that on this date, the HPS drug unit executed a drug warrant at a Hamilton apartment.  There was an interaction between officers and apartment resident Po La Hay, and he sustained injuries.  Officers soon learned that they had entered the wrong apartment, and transported Mr. Hay to hospital where he received treatment. 

As a result of the SIU investigation, Constable Ryan Tocher of the HPS 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 45 Main Street East in Hamilton on November 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