SIU Concludes Investigation into Custody Death

    TORONTO, Jan. 21 /CNW/ - The Deputy Director of the Special
Investigations Unit (SIU) has concluded that there are no reasonable grounds
to believe that officers from the Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) and
the Ontario Provincial Police-Bracebridge Detachment (OPP) committed any
criminal offence in relation to the death of a 31-year-old Oshawa man on March
31, 2008.
    On March 31, 2008 members of the DRPS arrested Jonathan Weeks for an
outstanding warrant held by the OPP. Two OPP officers went to the DRPS station
in Oshawa and took custody of Mr. Weeks. The OPP officers took Mr. Weeks to
the OPP Detachment in Bracebridge. Mr. Weeks was lodged in a cell.
    A short time after being lodged in a cell Mr. Weeks went into medical
distress. EMS was summoned. OPP officers provided first aid until the
ambulance arrived, whereupon Mr. Weeks was taken to hospital where he later
died of drug intoxication.
    Deputy Director of the SIU James Cornish determined that the issue in
this case was whether the officers involved with Mr. Weeks failed to provide
Mr. Weeks the level of care required by the criminal law. He explained, "Where
an officer is responsible for the care of another person, criminal liability
may attach if the officer's conduct amounts to a marked departure from the
level of care that a reasonable person would have exercised in the
circumstances. In this case, in light of Mr. Week's relatively short time in
police custody, during which he appears to have been monitored and well
treated, I am satisfied that the officers' conduct fell within the limits
prescribed by the criminal law."

    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

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