SIU Concludes Investigation in Chatham



    MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 22 /CNW/ - The Director of the Special
Investigations Unit (SIU) Ian Scott has concluded that there are no reasonable
grounds to believe that an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer from the
Chatham-Kent Detachment committed a criminal offence in connection with the
injuries sustained by a 15 year old boy who collided with an OPP cruiser on
May 17, 2009.
    Three investigators from the SIU probed the circumstances of this
occurrence.
    Director Scott said, "A marked OPP cruiser was southbound on Michener
Road. Unfortunately there was a collision between it and a cyclist. The
cyclist was injured and received treatment at hospital. Three independent
witnesses said the cyclist caused the accident by riding into the path of the
OPP cruiser. Accordingly, there is no evidence to support an assertion of bad
driving by the OPP officer and no criminality may attach to his involvement in
this accident."

    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: Frank Phillips, SIU Communications/Service des
communications, UES, Telephone/No de telephone: (416) 622-2342 or/ou
1-800-787-8529

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