TORONTO, Jan. 15 /CNW/ - The Deputy Director of the Special
Investigations Unit (SIU), James Cornish, has concluded that there are no
reasonable grounds to believe that any London Police Service (LPS) officer
committed any criminal offence in relation to the injury of a London man on
November 21, 2008.
On November 21, 2008 members of the LPS Emergency Response Unit executed
a search warrant at a Commissioner Road address. When the officers entered the
residence they located two men. During the course of the investigation one of
the men, a 19-year-old, became involved in a physical altercation with two of
the officers that were present. This man received a facial injury that
required medical treatment at Victoria Hospital.
The SIU assigned three investigators along with two forensic
investigators to the circumstances surrounding this incident.
The Deputy Director said, "Officers of the LPS forcibly entered an
apartment to execute a search warrant. A 19-year-old man physically resisted
the officers immediately upon the officers' entry into the apartment. The man
struggled with the officers as they attempted to affect his apprehension." Mr.
Cornish added, "The evidence indicates that the officers did indeed use force
to overcome the man's resistance. I am satisfied that the force used was a
measured and reasonably necessary response to the resistance posed by the man,
and fell well within the limits prescribed by the Criminal Code of Canada."
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
1-800-787-8529 extension 2342