SIU Appeals for Witnesses in the Investigation of A Custody Death Involving the Niagara Regional Police



    TORONTO, Sept. 22 /CNW/ - The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is
appealing for witnesses in connection with the death of a Grimsby teenager,
who died after being arrested by officers of the Niagara Regional Police
Service over the weekend.
    On Saturday September 20, 2008 shortly before midnight, officers
responded to calls from residents on Woodsview Avenue in Grimsby about a man
breaking into vehicles along the street. When officers arrived, they found a
suspect being held by a member of the public. A short time after being
handcuffed, the suspect collapsed at the scene. He was taken to West Lincoln
Memorial Hospital where he later died.
    The deceased has been identified as 18-year-old Daniel Kindree of
Grimbsy.
    An autopsy held today was inconclusive; no anatomical cause of death was
found. Toxicology tests have been ordered to be carried at the Centre of
Forensic Sciences in Toronto to determine a cause of death.
    The SIU's Affected Person's Coordinator is assisting the family in
dealing with the death.
    The SIU is appealing for anyone, who either witnessed this incident or
may have any information about Mr. Kindree's whereabouts prior to his death,
to contact the Unit at 1-800-787-8529, extension 1925.
    The SIU has assigned eight field investigators and forensic experts to
this case. Five Niagara Regional Police officers have been designated - one
subject officer and four witness officers - to be interviewed.

    The SIU is a civilian agency that investigates cases of serious injuries
(including allegations of sexual assault) and deaths involving the police.
Pursuant to section 113 of the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU is
mandated to consider whether a criminal offence has been committed by an
officer(s) in connection with the incident under investigation and, where
warranted by the evidence, to cause a criminal charge or charges to be laid
against the officer(s). The Director reports the results of investigations to
the Attorney General.





For further information:

For further information: John Yoannou, SIU Communications/Service des
communications, UES, Telephone/No de telephone: (416) 622-2342 or/ou
1-800-787-8529; For general information about the SIU, please visit our
website at www.siu.on.ca

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