News Release

Toronto Police Service Police Officer Charged

Case Number: 10-TFD-210

Mississauga (1 December, 2010) --- The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Ian Scott, has reasonable grounds to believe that an officer with the Toronto Police Service (TPS) committed a criminal offence in relation to the death of a Toronto man in September of this year.  Director Scott has caused a charge to be laid against the officer.  

On September 29, 2010, members of the TPS executed a search warrant at an apartment on Dunbloor Road.  During the search there was an interaction between the police and a 26-year-old man.  As a result, Eric Osawe sustained a fatal gunshot wound.

As a result of the SIU investigation, Constable David Cavanagh of the TPS is facing one charge of Manslaughter, contrary to s. 236(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada.  

The officer is required to appear on January 6, 2011, before the Ontario Court of Justice (College Park Building) , 444 Yonge Street,Toronto.  The Justice Prosecutions branch of the Ministry of the Attorney General will have carriage of the prosecution.

As this matter is now before the courts, and in consideration of the fair trial interests of the charged officer and the community, the SIU will make no further comment pertaining to this investigation.  

The SIU is a civilian agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or an allegation 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 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