News Release

Officer’s Use of CEW on Man Armed with Knife in Mississauga Justified; No Criminal Charges Warranted

Case Number: 16-OCI-264

Mississauga, ON (31 January, 2018) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a Peel Regional Police Service officer in relation to the injuries sustained by a 24-year-old man during an interaction on October 19, 2016. On this date, the complainant was armed with a knife in a public area, had cut himself several times and approached a civilian witness and several police officers while holding the knife. When a police officer deployed his conducted energy weapon, the man fell and struck his head on the pavement, resulting in serious injuries.
Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision):

The Director’s Report was delivered to the Attorney General, as is required by law under the Police Services Act. The Attorney General has directed that the document be posted online. 

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