The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Tony Loparco, has reasonable grounds to believe a London Police Service (LPS) officer committed a criminal offence in relation to the arrest of a 60-year-old man in May of 2017. Director Loparco has caused a charge to be laid against the officer.
The SIU investigation found the following:
• Shortly before 8 a.m. on May 12, 2017, the LPS received a call regarding a man standing on the side of Wellington Road, south of Wilkins Street.
• Police officers responded to the area and arrested the man. The man was released unconditionally by the police officers.
• Later that day, the man was transported to hospital as a result of experiencing pain. He was later diagnosed with serious injuries.
As a result of the SIU investigation, 48-year-old LPS Constable Omar Hassan has been charged with one count of assault causing bodily harm, contrary to s. 267(b) of the Criminal Code.
The officer is required to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at 80 Dundas Street in London on September 5, 2017.
The matter is now properly before the courts. In consideration of the fair trial interests of the accused, the SIU will make no further comment pertaining to this investigation.