Durham Regional Police Officer Charged

    TORONTO, April 2 /CNW/ - The Director of the Special Investigations Unit
(SIU), Ian Scott, has reasonable grounds to believe that a Durham Regional
Police (DRP) officer is criminally responsible for the injuries sustained by
an Oshawa man and has caused a criminal charge to be laid against the officer.
    On January 5, 2009 just after 6:00 p.m. DRP officers arrested a 52 year
old man outside of the Price Chopper Store at Wilson Road and King Street in
Oshawa. The man sustained injuries during the course of the arrest. Based on
the results of the SIU investigation, the Director caused a charge of Assault
Causing Bodily Harm contrary to section 267(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada
to be laid against Constable Nicholas Baldini of the DRP.
    A summons was served on the officer today compelling his appearance
before the Ontario Court of Justice in Oshawa on April 20, 2009, to answer to
the charge. Justice Prosecutions of the Ministry of the Attorney General will
have carriage of the prosecution.
    As this matter is now before the courts, and in consideration of the fair
trial interests of the charged officer and the community, the SIU will make no
further comment pertaining to this investigation.

    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

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