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Police Officers did not Resort to an Excessive Use of Force When Arresting Man in St. Catharines; No Basis to Lay Charges

Numéro du dossier: 17-OCI-296

Mississauga, ON (28 novembre 2018) ---
Shortly after midnight on October 7, 2017, a  Niagara Regional Police Service officer became aware of a disturbance between individuals on James Street. As a result of his investigation, the officer arrested a 23-year-old man for public intoxication. The following day, the man attended hospital where he was diagnosed with a serious injury. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the officer in relation to the man’s arrest. 

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision):https://www.ontario.ca/page/special-investigations-unit-siu-directors-reports. 

The Director’s Report was delivered to the Attorney General, as is required by law under the Police Services Act. The Attorney General has directed that the document be posted online. 

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