News Release

SIU Investigates Custody Death in Toronto

Case Number: 05-TCD-052

Mississauga (19 April, 2005) --- The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 46-year-old man on April 19, 2005 in Toronto.

At approximately 1:30 a.m., Toronto Police Service (TPS) officers were called to Queen Street East near Victoria Street in response to reports of a man behaving in a strange manner on the street. The man was arrested, went into medical distress and was immediately taken to St. Michael's Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.

A post mortem examination will take place this afternoon. The man's identity is being withheld pending notification of next-of-kin. SIU investigators have processed the scene and are interviewing civilian witnesses. The SIU is appealing for anyone who witnessed this incident to contact the Unit at 416-622-2038 or 1-800-787-8529.

No further information is available at this time.

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