SIU investigates custody death in Niagara region

    TORONTO, Sept. 21 /CNW/ - The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is
looking into the circumstances surrounding the death of a Grimsby man.
    On Saturday September 20, 2008 shortly before midnight, officers of the
Niagara Regional Police Service responded to calls from residents on Woodsview
Avenue in Grimsby about a man breaking into vehicles along the street. When
officers arrived, they found a suspect being held by members of the public. A
short time after being handcuffed, the man collapsed. He was taken to West
Lincoln Memorial Hospital where he later died.
    The name of the 27-year-old Grimsby man is being withheld by the SIU
pending further investigation. An autopsy has not yet been scheduled.

    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 téléphone: (416) 622-2342 or/ou
1-800-787-8529; For general information about the SIU, please visit our
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