News Release

Police Officers did not Resort to an Excessive Use of Force When Arresting Man in St. Catharines; No Basis to Lay Charges

Case Number: 17-OCI-296

Mississauga, ON (28 November, 2018) ---
Shortly after midnight on October 7, 2017, a  Niagara Regional Police Service officer became aware of a disturbance between individuals on James Street. As a result of his investigation, the officer arrested a 23-year-old man for public intoxication. The following day, the man attended hospital where he was diagnosed with a serious injury. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the officer in relation to the man’s arrest. 

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. 

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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