SIU Invokes Mandate Following Judge's Ruling in Toronto Police Drug Investigation

    TORONTO, July 29 /CNW/ - The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is looking
into the case of a Toronto man, who suffered serious injuries during a Toronto
Police Service investigation into drugs and weapons possession two years ago.
    At the conclusion of a criminal trial in Toronto, the SIU learned from
media accounts of the outcome published on July 5, 2008 that 24-year-old
Shayne Fisher, had suffered a fractured rib, perforated eardrum and bruising
around the eye during a police raid.
    SIU investigators are appealing for witnesses who may have either
witnessed or any knowledge of an altercation between Mr. Fisher and Toronto
Police officers at apartment 305-1550 Lawrence Avenue West near Keele Street
at approximately 8:15 p.m. June 7, 2006.
    Anyone who may be able to assist the SIU in its investigation is asked to
contact the Unit at 416-622-2150 or 1-800-787-8529 extension 2150.
    The SIU is presently in the process of designating both subject and
witness officers for interviews as part of its probe.

    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

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