SIU Appeals for Witnesses to an Incident Involving London Police Service Officers During Orientation Week Near Fanshawe College



    TORONTO, Sept. 8 /CNW/ - The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is
appealing for witnesses to an incident that took place during Orientation Week
in London, Ontario.
    During the early morning hours of September 6, 2008, officers of the
London Police Service were on patrol in response to open drinking and other
alcohol-related concerns near 190 Fleming Drive, an area comprised of
off-campus, privately-run student residences near Fanshawe College. An
18-year-old student received a fractured orbital bone under his left eye as a
result of a struggle with police who were attempting to arrest him as a crowd
gathered around the officers. The youth was treated at Victoria Hospital in
London. Once the seriousness of the injury was assessed, the London Police
Service notified the SIU to conduct an investigation in accordance with the
agency's mandate.
    Anyone, who either witnessed this incident at approximately 3 a.m.
Saturday September 6th or may have any information about this matter, is asked
to contact the SIU at 1-800-787-8529, extension 9007.
    The SIU has designated seven officers - two subject officers and five
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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