SIU Lays Assault Charge against Three St. Thomas Police Officers
Case Number: 16-OCI-031
Mississauga, ON (25 April, 2016) —
- On February 2, 2016, several St. Thomas Police officers were conducting surveillance in a residential area near Southdale Road East and Adelaide Road South in London, Ontario. The officers were seeking a suspect in a jewelry store robbery.
- Around 4:00 p.m., officers followed a taxi to Nadine Avenue, where they removed a male passenger and arrested him in relation to their investigation.
- The 35-year old male was injured during the incident. He was released unconditionally when the officers realized they had arrested the wrong person.
The SIU is an arm’s length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault. Under the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU must
- consider whether an officer has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident under investigation
- depending on the evidence, lay a criminal charge against the officer if appropriate or close the file without any charges being laid
- report the results of any investigations to the Attorney General.