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Communiqué de presse

SIU Lays Charges against Two Durham Regional Police Service Officers

Numéro du dossier: 17-OCI-094

Mississauga, ON (7 mars 2018) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has reasonable grounds to believe two Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) officers committed criminal offences in relation to the arrest of a 35-year-old man in April of 2017. Director Loparco has caused multiple charges to be laid against each officer.  

The SIU investigation found the following: 
  • On the night of April 26, 2017 in Oshawa, the man was a passenger in a vehicle being operated by another individual.
  • At approximately 9 p.m., DRPS officers had the vehicle pull over on Bruce Street.
  • The passenger became involved in an interaction with the officers.
  • He was arrested and taken to the police station. Shortly after, the man was transported by ambulance to hospital where he was diagnosed with a serious injury.

As a result of the SIU investigation, 42-year-old DRPS Constable James Edward Scholtes and 35-year-old DRPS Constable Thomas Broadfoot are each facing the following charges under the Criminal Code:
  • One count of assault causing bodily harm, contrary to section 267(b); 
  • One count of obstruct justice, contrary to section 139(2); and
  • One count of obstruct peace officer, contrary to section 129(a).

The officers are required to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at 150 Bond Street in Oshawa on March 22, 2018. 

The matter is now properly before the courts. In consideration of the fair trial interests of the accused, the SIU will make no further comment.  

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