MISSISSAUGA, ON, May 21 /CNW/ - The Director of the Special
Investigations Unit (SIU), Ian Scott, has determined there are no reasonable
grounds to believe that an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer from the
Elliot Lake Detachment committed any criminal offence in relation to the death
of an Elliot Lake man in April.
The SIU assigned two investigators and one forensic investigator to probe
the circumstances of this matter.
The SIU investigation determined that on April 8, 2009, at 6:15 p.m.,
Ontario Provincial Police officers executed a warrant at a residence in Elliot
Lake. The officers arrested 41-year-old Travis Taylor. Mr. Taylor was taken to
the OPP station in Elliot Lake, where he went into medical distress. Mr.
Taylor was transported to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Director Scott stated, "In my view, there are no reasonable grounds to
believe that the named subject officer committed any criminal offence in
relation to the death of Mr. Taylor. Mr. Taylor was lawfully arrested at his
home. Mr. Taylor was handcuffed and transferred to the OPP Elliott Lake
Detachment. In the station, he collapsed and attempts were made to resuscitate
him at the station. He was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital where he was
pronounced dead at 1900 hrs. On April 9th a pathologist conducted a post
mortem examination on Mr. Taylor. The pathologist opined that Mr. Taylor died
of natural causes due to a cardiac arrest. There was no suggestion of other
trauma to the body."
Director Scott said, "In view of the conclusion of the pathologist with
respect to the cause of death, there is no relationship between the actions of
the subject officer and the death of Mr. Taylor. Accordingly, no criminal
liability may attach to the subject officer's actions."
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