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News Release

Toronto Police Service Police Officer Charged

Case Number: 10-TCI-256

Mississauga (7 April, 2011) --- The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Ian Scott, has reasonable grounds to believe that an officer with the Toronto Police Service (TPS) committed a criminal offence in relation to the injury of a Toronto man in October 2010. Director Scott has caused a charge to be laid against the officer.

The charge stems from an interaction on October 17, 2010 between a 61-year-old Toronto man and a member of the TPS. The man who was in custody in a police cell at 51 Division sustained a fracture during the encounter.

As a result of the SIU investigation, Constable Mark Kennedy of the TPS is facing one charge of assault causing bodily harm contrary to section 267 (b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.

The officer is required to appear on Thursday May 26, 2011, before the Ontario Court of Justice (College Park Building) , 444 Yonge Street,Toronto. 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. 

Frank Phillips,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342