Niagara Regional Police Service Police Officer Charged

    TORONTO, Jan. 7 /CNW/ - The Director of the Special Investigations Unit
(SIU), James Cornish, has reasonable grounds to believe that a Niagara
Regional Police Service (NRPS) officer is criminally responsible for the
serious injury to a Toronto man and has caused a criminal charge to be laid
against the officer.
    On July 6, 2007, NRPS officers stopped a vehicle being driven by a
53-year-old Toronto man on Dorchester Rd. in Niagara Falls to conduct an
investigation. The man was arrested and during the arrest he allegedly
suffered a broken arm.
    Later on in the afternoon of July 6, 2007, the NRPS became aware of the
extent of the man's injuries and notified the SIU. Four SIU investigators were
assigned to probe the circumstances of the arrest.
    Based on the results of the SIU investigation, the Director concluded
there are reasonable grounds to believe that Constable Christopher Chirico of
the NRPS committed the offence of assault causing bodily harm, contrary to
section 267(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
    A summons has been issued requiring the officer to appear at the Ontario
Court of Justice in St. Catharines on January 30, 2008, 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 circumstances involving
police and civilians which have resulted in serious injury, sexual assault or
death. Under Part VII, Section 113, of the Police Services Act, the Director
of the SIU has the sole authority to decide whether or not charges are
warranted based on the findings of a complete investigation. The Director's
decision is reported 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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