Special Investigations Unit (SIU)

Special Investigations Unit (SIU)

May 05, 2010 12:06 ET

SIU Concludes Investigation Into Kenora Incident

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 5, 2010) - The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Ian Scott, has concluded that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer with the OPP Kenora detachment committed any criminal offence in relation to the custody injury sustained by 34 year-old, Toby Kakegamic, of Kenora in March of this year.

The SIU investigation determined that on March 31, 2010 at approximately 8:24 pm the OPP received a complaint from staff at the Morningstar Withdrawal Management Centre, (MWMC) Kenora.

Two OPP officers attended at the centre and arrested Mr. Kakegamic for being intoxicated in a public place. Mr. Kakegamic was taken to the OPP detachment and placed in the holding cell. While in the cell, Mr. Kakegamic attempted to open the cell door several times while officers attempted to lock the cell. In the process, Mr. Kakegamic's left index finger was caught between the door and the frame, causing the tip to be severed. When the cell door was closed and locked, Mr. Kakegamic held his left hand up to the cell door window and it was noticed by the officers that his left index finger was bleeding and the tip of the finger was missing. Mr. Kakegamic was transported by ambulance to Lake of the Woods District Hospital and treated for his injury.

Director Scott said, "The complainant was properly arrested and detained under the authority of s. 31 of the Liquor Licence Act. The subject officer had the authority to keep the door to the holding cell closed. Unfortunately, the complainant placed his left index finger between the door and the frame when pushing on the cell door. When the subject officer pushed back, the pressure to the finger caught between the two metal objects caused the injury in question. The most reasonable conclusion for the cause of this injury is that it was the result of an accident in which the subject officer had no intention of hurting the complainant. Accordingly, no criminal liability may attach to the actions of the subject officer."

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. 

Contact Information

  • SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
    Jasbir Brar
    416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529