News Release

SIU Determines Man was Injured When He Drove into a Toronto Public Library; No Wrongdoing on Part of Any Involved Officers

Case Number: 17-TVI-108

Mississauga, ON (10 December, 2018) ---
On May 11, 2017, a man was operating a vehicle when he came to the attention of police officers. Shortly after police began following the vehicle, the vehicle crashed into the side of the Toronto Public Library located at the intersection of Gladstone Avenue and Bloor Street West. The man fled from the collision scene on foot, but was eventually located by police and arrested. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a Toronto Police Service officer officer in relation to the serious injuries sustained by the man. 

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision):https://www.siu.on.ca/en/directors_reports.php. 

The SIU is an independent government agency that investigates the conduct of officials (police officers as well as special constables with the Niagara Parks Commission and peace officers with the Legislative Protective Service) that may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault and/or the discharge of a firearm at a person. All investigations are conducted by SIU investigators who are civilians. Under the Special Investigations Unit Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether the official has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, cause a criminal charge to be laid against the official where grounds exist for doing so, or close the file without any charges being laid
  • publicly report the results of its investigations

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Monica Hudon, monica.hudon@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342