TORONTO, June 25 /CNW/ - The Director of the Special Investigations Unit
has determined that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that two
officers of the Thunder Bay Police Service committed any criminal offence
while attempting to subdue a distraught 24-year-old individual on April 22,
In arriving at his decision, SIU Director James Cornish concluded: "The
evidence clearly shows that the officers involved attended a call to assist
the family of an unstable man armed with a knife. By the time the two officers
attended, the young man had already inflicted some injury on himself. While
trying to convince him to surrender the knife, without warning he plunged it
into his neck, and appeared to be attempting to do so again when the officers
moved in to disarm him. They used their batons to keep the man from continuing
to stab himself."
Emergency first aid provided by both the police and EMS personnel saved
the man's life.
"The actions of the officers quite likely prevented an even greater
tragedy from occurring," added Mr. Cornish.
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: John Yoannou, SIU Communications/Service des
communications, UES, Telephone/No de telephone: (416) 622-2342 or/ou