TORONTO, July 10 /CNW/ - The Director of the Special Investigations Unit
has determined that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that officers
of the Waterloo Regional Police Service committed any criminal offence in
their dealings with a distraught individual last month.
In the early morning hours of June 27, 2008, a member of the public
alerted police to a body floating in the Grand River. Officers waded in and
pulled the 58-year-old man to shore where they found he was suffering from a
serious laceration to his left wrist and forearm. Several hours earlier, the
man had twice eluded police during two brief pursuits that followed an
incident in which a handgun was allegedly pointed at a woman at a local motel.
"Each time, the police terminated the pursuits judging their continuation to
be too dangerous and contrary to the public interest," noted SIU Director
"The evidence is clear and unanimous," Mr. Cornish concluded, "that the
injury was self-inflicted and that the police in no way caused it.
Furthermore, it is clear on the evidence that once the police found this man
and noticed his injury, they arranged for immediate medical treatment."
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
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