Toronto police officer charged with assault following SIU investigation into February arrest

The province’s police watchdog has charged a Toronto police officer following an investigation into an interaction he had with a 48-year-old man during an arrest near the city’s waterfront in February.

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) said two Toronto police officers were patrolling the area of ​​Lake Shore Boulevard West and Lower Sherbourne Street on February 11 when they encountered a man wanted on an outstanding warrant .

“An interaction ensued between officers and the man, and he was arrested,” said the SIU, which investigates incidents involving police officers where there have been serious injuries, deaths or allegations of sexual assault.

On Friday, the SIU announced that Const. Louie Cerqua has been charged with assault.

Joseph Martino, the SIU director, said he had “reasonable grounds” to believe Cerqua “committed a criminal offense in connection with the February arrest of a 48-year-old man.”

“As the matter is before the courts, and considering the defendant’s fair trial interests, the SIU will not provide further comment on the investigation,” the agency said.

Cerqua is due in court on June 27.

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