News Release

SIU Continues Toronto Custody Death Investigation

Case Number: 05-TCD-023

Mississauga (2 March, 2005) --- The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is continuing its investigation into the death of a 37-year-old man in Toronto.

The SIU was notified that on February 21, 2005, Toronto Police Service (TPS) officers and paramedics went to a residence on Bathurst Street in response to a woman's call for assistance and a man behaving in a strange manner. The man was arrested under the Mental Health Act and taken to William Osler Health Centre, Etobicoke Hospital Campus. While in hospital the man went into distress and was pronounced dead a short time later.

The deceased is identified as Adeyeri Robinson. A post mortem examination conducted on February 22, 2005 identified no anatomical cause of death. Toxicology and pathology tests are underway.

The SIU has designated one witness officer and two subject officers from the TPS.

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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