Saturday, October 31


Local, race-based data, SIU

SIU to begin collecting data based on the race of whistleblowers – The Canadian News

The province's police watchdog says it will soon begin collecting race-based data as part of its investigations into police-related incidents that resulted in deaths, serious injuries or allegations of sexual assault. The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) says data will be collected from whistleblowers in SIU cases on a voluntary basis. Information will also be collected in relation to the agents involved on a voluntary basis. In a statement, SIU Director Joseph Martino highlighted the importance of race-based data. He said the Ontario Human Rights Commission report that found that black people in Toronto are arrested, charged and subjected to the use of force "disproportionately" by the city's police force only serves to highlight the need to collect such information. "Sys...
Dafonte Miller, james ramer, Local, SIU, Toronto Police

Toronto police apologize for not notifying SIU of the beating of Dafonte Miller – The Canadian News

The Toronto Acting Police Chief apologizes for the force's decision not to call the province's police guard after an off-duty officer assaulted a young black man. James Ramer says police did not notify the Special Investigations Unit about the beating of Dafonte Miller because Const. Michael Theriault was out of service at the time of the incident. At his first press conference as acting chief, Ramer said the force made the wrong decision and apologized. Theriault was eventually convicted of assault in Miller's beating in 2016. Ramer says the police will change its policy to explicitly state that the SIU must be notified when on-duty or off-duty officers are involved in an incident leading to death, serious injury, or suspected sexual assault. He says that addressing systemi...
Brampton, Local, Ontario, Police, SIU

SIU accuses former Brampton officer in 50-year-old sexual assault investigation – The Canadian News

The Ontario police watchdog says a former Brampton officer was involved in an alleged sexual assault that dates back more than 50 years. The Special Investigations Unit says a person contacted the agency in November 2019 with a complaint against the former officer. The alleged incidents occurred in Brampton between 1967 and 1972, when Frank Kohler was a member of the Brampton Police. The department merged with Peel Regional Police in 1974, and Kohler later resigned. The SIU says Kohler has been charged with two counts of indecent assault and two counts of gross indecency, and is due to appear in court in Brampton on October 6.
Hamilton, Local, SIU

SIU invokes mandate after man shot in Hamilton – CityNews Toronto

The province’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has invoked their mandate after a man was shot during a domestic incident in Hamilton. Police say they responded to a serious domestic call just before 4 p.m. in the area of Gage Avenue North and Cannon Street East. It’s alleged the male suspect was armed with a firearm. The suspect was located in a vehicle. He sustained serious injuries after shots were fired. According to Hamilton paramedics, two people were taken to hospital. One person suffered critical injuries while the other suffered serious, but non-life-threatening injuries. No further details about the incident have been released. The SIU is automatically called in to investigate any incidents involving police where there are serious injuries, deaths or allegations of...