Man Identified in Brantford Incident

    TORONTO, Jan. 22 /CNW/ - Investigators have positively identified the man
whose body was recovered after he went through the ice of the Grand River in
Brantford on Tuesday.
    The body of Mr. Benjamin Wood, 32-years-old of Oakville, Ontario was
recovered at noon on Tuesday January 20, 2009. Mr. Wood had been interacting
with officers of the Brantford Police Service (BPS) in the early morning hours
when he ventured out onto the ice surface of the Grand River near the
Brantford Casino. A short time after doing so he was seen by the BPS officers
going through the ice.
    A post mortem was conducted on Mr. Woods yesterday in Hamilton.
    The SIU has designated one officer as a subject officer and six officers
as witness officers.
    The SIU is continuing its investigation, and investigators are appealing
for anyone who may have witnessed this incident to contact the Unit at
416-622-1965 or 1-800-787-8529 extension No. 1965.

    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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