Special Investigations Unit (SIU)

Special Investigations Unit (SIU)

May 18, 2005 16:21 ET

SIU Terminates Investigation in Thunder Bay

Attention: News Editor TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - May 18, 2005) - On May 15, 2005, the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) was notified of an incident that occurred involving the Thunder Bay Police Service (TBPS).

The SIU was told that on May 13, 2004, at approximately 6:00 p.m., TBPS officers were involved in a confrontation with a 27-year-old man. During the incident, the man suffered a laceration and damaged tendons to his wrist area.

Three SIU investigators were deployed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the man's serious injuries. The investigation determined that police went to 1100 Memorial Avenue in response to a man's alleged assault on a security guard. Five officers surrounded the man, who was hiding in a garbage bin, and ordered him to come out. The man came out of the bin brandishing an exacto knife. The man was pepper sprayed by police with no effect. Police eventually arrested the man and took him to hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Based on the evidence gathered to date, the SIU confirmed the injuries were self-inflicted. Given the fact that the police played no part in the man's injuries, SIU Director James Cornish terminated the 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.

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Rose Bliss
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de telephone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529
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Contact Information

  • Rose Bliss, Communications Manager, Special Investigations Unit
    Primary Phone: 416-622-2342