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News Release

Toronto Police Service Police Officer Charged

Case Number: 10-TCI-116

Mississauga (10 June, 2011) --- The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Ian Scott, has concluded that there are reasonable grounds to believe that an officer with the Toronto Police Service (TPS) committed a criminal offence in connection with the arrest of Dorian Barton during the G20 demonstrations in Toronto on June 26, 2010. Constable Glenn Weddell has today been charged with assault causing bodily harm, contrary to section 267(b) of the Criminal Code.

The initial SIU investigation was closed on November 25, 2010 without charges because the officer or officers involved in Mr. Barton’s arrest could not be adequately identified, nor was the manner in which the injury occurred fully explained on the basis of the evidence that then existed.

The investigation was re-opened on January 14, 2011 when seven photographs of the arrest of Mr. Barton surfaced and were received by the Unit. Twelve officers and two new civilian witnesses were interviewed. In addition, the Unit also reviewed a video of the Barton arrest scene submitted by the TPS, seized during the arrests at the University of Toronto. Notwithstanding this additional information, the investigation was again closed on May 16, 2011 because there was insufficient evidence to positively identify the officer or officers involved in Mr. Barton’s arrest.

On May 26, 2011, the SIU re-opened its investigation a second time. Director Scott explained at the time: "The SIU asked the Toronto Police Service on multiple occasions for the method it used to identify the involved officers in the Barton incident. The first request for this information was sent to Chief Blair’s office on January 20, 2011. While the TPS provided the SIU with the name of the subject officer in a timely fashion that, in my view, was not adequate. We asked for the name of the person who made the identification so that we could take a statement from that individual. That information was not forthcoming. Finally, on May 25, 2011, the Service has agreed to provide the Unit with that name. In anticipation of the timely receipt of this new information, the Unit is re-opening the Barton investigation."

Today, Director Scott said, "As a result of information provided by the TPS after May 26, 2011, the SIU conducted three further interviews of TPS members. On the basis of information received in those interviews, and in conjunction with information gathered in the prior investigations, there are now reasonable grounds to believe that Toronto Police Constable Glenn Weddell committed the offence of assault causing bodily harm against Dorian Barton on June 26, 2010."

Constable Weddell is required to appear on July 21, 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. 

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