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News Release

SIU Reopens G20 Investigation

Case Number: 10-OCI-116

Mississauga (14 January, 2011) --- Ontario's Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is reopening an investigation into the custody injuries sustained by Mr. Dorian Barton during the G20 demonstrations in Toronto.

On June 26, 2010, 29-year-old Dorian Barton was at the intersection of University Avenue and College Street at a demonstration. There was a line of mounted police officers on his left and anti-riot officers standing in front of the demonstrators. He turned around to take pictures of the mounted police officers with his cellular telephone unaware that anti-riot officers were marching toward the crowd. Mr. Barton was taken to the ground by a male anti-riot officer and arrested, sustaining a fracture to his right arm in the process. He was taken to Toronto East General Hospital for treatment.

The SIU conducted an investigation, but Mr. Barton could not identify the officers involved in his arrest or fully explain how the injury occurred, nor was the remainder of the evidence capable of resolving these questions. As a result, Director Scott said, "It is unclear how the complainant received his injury or who caused them. Accordingly, I cannot form reasonable grounds that a criminal offence occurred in the circumstances of this case."

On January 12, 2011, the SIU received a number of photographs depicting officers in interaction with Mr. Barton during the demonstrations. As result of this materially new information, Director Scott has reopened the 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