News Release

SIU Lays Charge against Niagara Regional Police Officer

Case Number: 16-OCI-213

Mississauga, ON (20 October, 2016) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has caused a charge to be laid against a Niagara Regional Police Service officer in relation to an August 2016 arrest.

The SIU investigation found the following: 
  • On August 16, 2016, police were dispatched to a drugstore in Niagara Falls to investigate a complaint of assault.  
  • A police officer located a man behind a business on Thorold Stone Road and placed him under arrest.
  • There was an interaction between the man and the officer which resulted in serious injuries to the man.

As a result of the SIU investigation, Sergeant Michael Baxter is now charged with assault causing bodily harm, contrary to section 267(b) of the Criminal Code.

The officer is required to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at 59 Church Street in St. Catharines on November 14, 2016. 

The matter is now properly before the courts. In consideration of the fair trial interests of the accused, the SIU will make no further comment.  

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