TORONTO, July 10 /CNW/ - The Director of the Special Investigations Unit
(SIU) has determined that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that a
Toronto Police Service officer committed any criminal offence in connection
with an incident involving a troubled patient at Rouge Valley Centenary
Hospital in Scarborough on April 16, 2008.
The on-duty, uniformed officer was at the hospital on an unrelated
investigation when she responded to a call about an extremely distraught
19-year-old man, who had run from the emergency department, through a common
reception area and into the nurses' lounge. There, he picked up a kitchen
knife, cut both sides of his neck and began to stab himself in the chest and
"The officer assessed her use-of-force options and decided that her
service pistol was not appropriate to the threat, and using her baton at this
stage would have put her in too close proximity to the young man," noted SIU
Director James Cornish. "The officer ordered him several times to drop the
knife without success before discharging pepper spray into his face. He fell
to the floor allowing the officer and security personnel to subdue him."
Mr. Cornish concluded: "The officer discharged her pepper spray and then
used her baton in order to prevent the young man from further harming himself
and perhaps others. The serious injuries were self-inflicted and not caused by
any of the officer's actions. In my view, the officer's use of force under the
circumstances was reasonable, and her actions likely saved this young man's
The SIU assigned four field investigators and two forensic investigators
to this case.
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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