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Communiqué de presse

No Basis to Lay Charges in Relation to Drowning Death of Man in Lindsay

Numéro du dossier: 18-OCD-278

Mississauga, ON (11 octobre 2019) ---
On the evening of September 16, 2018, the Kawartha Lakes Police Service was made aware of a man behaving strangely in the area of William Street North. Officers were dispatched and they located the man in some bushes on the embankment that sloped toward the Scugog River. The man fled from the officers and entered the water. Both police and the fire department attempted to locate him. His body was found the following day in the river. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any officer in relation to the 34-year-old man’s drowning death.

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision):https://www.siu.on.ca/en/directors_reports.php. 

L’UES est un organisme indépendant qui enquête sur des rapports d’incidents impliquant des policiers et qui ont causé la mort ou une blessure grave, ou qui comportent des allégations d’agression sexuelle. En vertu de la Loi sur les services policiers, le directeur de l’UES est tenu :

  • de déterminer si un policier a commis un acte criminel lié à l’incident faisant l’objet de l’enquête;
  • compte tenu des éléments de preuve, de déposer une accusation au criminel contre le policier, le cas échéant, ou de fermer le dossier sans déposer un chef d’accusation;
  • de faire rapport des résultats de toute enquête au procureur général.

Read this news release in English.

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