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News Release

SIU Reopens G20 Investigation

Case Number: 10-TCI-119

Mississauga (27 January, 2011) --- Ontario's Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has reopened an investigation into the custody injuries sustained by a 34-year-old man during the G20 demonstrations in Toronto.

On June 26, 2010, Joseph Thomson was in the area of Queen Street West and Spadina Avenue during an assembly of G20 demonstrators. He allegedly interfered with the arrest of a friend. Mr. Thomson was subsequently arrested. Sometime during his arrest he was struck in the face by a police officer and sustained a fracture to his nose. He was taken to Toronto East General Hospital where he was treated and released.

The SIU conducted an investigation. Eight witness officers were interviewed. The subject officer declined to be interviewed. On November 25, 2010 the investigation was concluded. Director Scott said, "I do not believe there is a sufficiently reliable basis to conclude that the subject officer used excessive force."

As a result of reviewing video images of this incident and examining a number of still images obtained, Director Scott has reopened this investigation. The SIU investigators are now actively working on this matter with the intent of identifying additional witnesses who may have seen Mr. Thomson's arrest and may be able to provide additional information to assist the SIU.

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