SIU Investigates Incident in Brantford

    TORONTO, Jan. 20 /CNW/ - The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is probing
the circumstances surrounding an incident in Brantford involving the Brantford
Police Service (BPS).
    The BPS contacted the SIU at 4:22 a.m. today. The BPS advised the SIU
that earlier this morning officers of the BPS were interacting with a man in
the area of the Brantford Casino. The man fled the police and made his way out
onto the ice surface of the Grand River. A short time later the man was seen
going through the ice. The BPS has enlisted the aid of the Ontario Provincial
Police Dive Team to assist them with the investigation.
    The SIU has assigned four investigators and two forensic investigators to
probe the circumstances surrounding this occurrence. Investigators are
appealing for anyone who may have witnessed this incident to contact the Unit
at 416-622-1965 or 1-800-787-8529 extension No.1965.

    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

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