Newspaper article The Canadian Press

SIU Unable to Identify Toronto Cop Who Kicked Man in Face, Can't Lay Charges

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

SIU Unable to Identify Toronto Cop Who Kicked Man in Face, Can't Lay Charges

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SIU can't identify cop who kicked man in face


An investigation by one of Ontario's police watchdogs has turned up enough evidence to suggest a Toronto police officer committed a crime by kicking a man in the face during a raid but not enough detail to identify who delivered the blow, the agency's director said Wednesday.

Tony Loparco, head of the Special Investigations Unit, said the officer who broke the nose of the 24-year-old university student during a house raid last October would likely be facing a charge of assault causing bodily harm based on accounts uncovered during a probe of the case.

After interviewing civilian witnesses and either speaking with or reviewing the notes of dozens of officers, however, Loparco said the SIU was unable to determine the identity of the specific officer involved.

"I believe that the force was unnecessary, excessive and amounted to an assault," Loparco wrote in a report dated Sept. 18 and released on Wednesday.

"Nonetheless, although I have ground to believe that some officer committed a criminal offence, I am unable to identify the specific officer who committed the impugned act ... There is accordingly insufficient identification evidence to form reasonable grounds against any particular officer and thus no charges will issue."

Toronto police did not offer comment on the SIU's findings and did not immediately respond to specific questions. The force released a brief statement saying its professional standards unit is conducting an ongoing, parallel investigation into the case.

"It is normal procedure we conduct a parallel investigation in SIU matters," the statement read.

Loparco said the incident began on Oct. 23, 2017 after 11:00 p.m. when officers with both Toronto police's emergency task force and drug squad came to arrest the unidentified man at his home in north Toronto. …

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