News Release

SIU Terminates Windsor Investigation

Case Number: 19-OCI-008

Mississauga, ON (13 March, 2019) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into a serious injury sustained by a 47-year-old man in Windsor in January of 2019.

Shortly after midnight on Sunday, January 6, 2019, Windsor Police Service (WPS) officers and Emergency Medical Service (EMS) attended the area of Parent Avenue and Wyandotte Street after receiving a call about a man who was seen lying on a sidewalk apparently unconscious. As the man was assessed as being very intoxicated, he was given the option of attending the hospital with EMS or the cells.  When the man chose the WPS cells, he was arrested for being intoxicated in a public place and transported in a prisoner van. As the man exited the prisoner van, his right ankle turned inward and he stumbled.  Several hours later upon his release, the man complained of pain to his right leg and he was transported to hospital where he was diagnosed with a fractured and dislocated right ankle.  
  
Director Loparco said, “The video evidence shows that the injury resulted from the man badly rolling his ankle as he exited the police transport van in the sally port area and had nothing to do with police conduct or omission. As such, I have terminated the investigation into this incident.”

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