Toronto Police Service Officer Charged

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Oct. 20 /CNW/ - The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Ian Scott, has reasonable grounds to believe a Toronto Police Service (TPS) officer committed a criminal offence in connection with an incident involving a 40-year-old man in August of this year. The Director has caused a criminal charge to be laid against the officer.

On August 5, 2009, at approximately 6:09 a.m., officers attempted to stop the driver of an allegedly stolen vehicle. A short time later, the driver, David Graham, struck a utility pole. He was arrested, and then transported to Mount Sinai Hospital for treatment of an injury.

Constable Allan Racette of the TPS is facing one charge of Assault, contrary to s. 266 of the Criminal Code of Canada, arising from an interaction with Mr. Graham during the arrest.

A summons was served on Constable Racette on Tuesday, October 20. He is compelled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at Old City Hall in Toronto on November 10, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. in courtroom 111 to answer to the charge. Justice Prosecutions of the Ministry of the Attorney General will have carriage of the prosecution.

As this matter is now before the courts, and in consideration of fair trial interests, the SIU will make no further comment pertaining to this investigation.

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: Monica Hudon, SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES, Telephone/No de telephone: (416) 622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529

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