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SIU confirms Toronto police informed them of 2015 incident 11 months later

NEWS STAFF | posted Tuesday, Aug 29th, 2017

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The Special Investigations Unit headquarters in Mississauga. CITYNEWS
In a series of tweets Monday, the SIU offered a clarification regarding a 2015 incident that resulted in a Toronto police officer being charged on August 23.

The tweets said reports that the Toronto Police Service (TPS) did not inform the SIU of the incident are incorrect and they were in fact notified, albeit almost a year later.

The incident in question occurred on November 30, 2015 when officers responded to a 911 call in North York. They arrested a man who was sitting inside a taxi outside an apartment complex in the Maple Leaf Drive and Jane Street area. The man sustained serious injuries during the course of the arrest.

In a release on August 23, the SIU said they were notified of the incident on October 31, 2016. After an investigation TPS Constable Joseph Dropuljic was charged with one count of assault and is expected to appear in court on Sept. 7.

The SIU confirmed to CityNews that they were notified by TPS 11 months after the incident occurred.

They did not provide an explanation regarding the nearly year-long delay in informing the SIU or the laying of charges close to 19 months later, stating the matter is now before the courts.

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