The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into an interaction that occurred in January of 2017 between a 40-year-old man and officers with the Ontario Provincial Police Marathon detachment. The SIU was made aware of this incident in September of 2017.
On January 25, 2017, officers were dispatched to a home in Marathon in relation to a domestic situation. A short time later, the 40-year-old man became involved in a struggle with the officers. He was subsequently arrested, and then taken to the OPP detachment where he was lodged in a cell. When the man was released, he went to the hospital.
Director Loparco said, “The medical evidence indicates the man did not suffer a serious injury. As such, I have terminated the investigation into this incident.”
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.
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