Two Leamington Police Officers Charged

    TORONTO, Oct. 3 /CNW/ - The Director of the Special Investigations Unit
(SIU), James Cornish, has reasonable grounds to believe that two Leamington
Police Service (LPS) officers are criminally responsible for the serious
injuries to 30-year-old Jimmy Elias Jr. and has caused criminal charges to be
laid against the officers.
    On May 12, 2007, LPS officers tried to stop Mr. Elias, who was driving a
truck and traveling on Marlborough Street East. Mr. Elias was eventually
arrested in a parking lot on Industrial Road and allegedly sustained two
broken ribs during the arrest.
    On May 17, 2007, the LPS became aware of the extent of Mr. Elias's
injuries and notified the SIU. Five SIU investigators were assigned to probe
the circumstances of the arrest.
    Based on the results of the SIU investigation, the Director concluded
there are reasonable grounds to believe that Constable Christopher Anderson
and Constable Ryan Hutchison of the LPS each committed the offence of assault
causing bodily harm, contrary to section 267(b) of the Criminal Code of
    A summons has been issued requiring the officers to appear at the Ontario
Court of Justice in Windsor on October 30, 2007, to answer to the charges.
Justice Prosecutions of the Ministry of the Attorney General will have
carriage of the prosecutions.
    As these matters are now before the courts, and in consideration of the
fair trial interests of the charged officers and the community, the SIU will
make no further comment pertaining to this investigation.

    The SIU is a civilian agency that investigates circumstances involving
police and civilians which have resulted in serious injury, sexual assault or
death. Under Part VII, Section 113, of the Police Services Act, the Director
of the SIU has the sole authority to decide whether or not charges are
warranted based on the findings of a complete investigation. The Director's
decision is reported to the Attorney General.

For further information:

For further information: Rose Bliss, SIU Communications/Service des
communications, Telephone/No de telephone: (416) 622-2342 or/ou

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