Special Investigations Unit (SIU)

Special Investigations Unit (SIU)

September 30, 2011 00:31 ET

SIU Investigates Custody Death in Toronto

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 30, 2011) - Ontario's Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is probing the circumstances surrounding the death of a man who was being investigated by members of the Toronto Police Service (TPS).

The TPS contacted the SIU and advised that on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at approximately 6:50 PM officers were investigating a man on Parliament Street south of Dundas Street. The man was in medical distress and the officers transported him to St. Michael's Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Five investigators and two forensic investigators have been assigned. Anyone who may have information regarding this case is asked to contact the Unit at 416-622-0748 or 1-800-787-8529 Extension 1957.

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.

Contact Information

  • SIU Communications/Service des communications
    Jas Brar
    UES Telephone/No de telephone:
    416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529