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SIU clears Toronto police officer in death of a woman who fell from the North York highrise

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SIU clears Toronto police officer in death of a woman who fell from the North York highrise

The provincial police guard has cleared a Toronto police officer of misdemeanors in connection with the death of a 60-year-old woman who fell from the window of her North York apartment in May.

Police say officers responded to a high-rise building in the area of ​​Yonge Street and Finch Avenue shortly before noon on May 18 for a wellness check.

According to a report from the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), police received a call from a civilian who was concerned that her friend was considering suicide.

Three officers responded to the call, and around 6 p.m. At 12.30 the police arrived at the unit and talked to the woman at the door. When they asked her to show identification, SIU said the woman entered the apartment again as officers waited in the hallway.

A few minutes later, SIU said, officers heard a call over their radios about a person who had jumped from a top floor of the same building they were attending. The officers then entered the apartment, went into the woman’s bedroom and found a open window with a hole in the screen. SIU said officers saw the woman’s body on the ground below.

Two of the officers rushed to help the woman and helped, SIU said. Paramedics and firefighters took over the care of the woman shortly afterwards, but she was pronounced dead around 1 p.m. 12:51, the report states.

“I am satisfied that the officers pursued themselves with due care and consideration for the complainant’s well-being. (Subject responsible), who had taken the initiative to respond to the call for service as he could speak the same language as the complainant, took the lead in speaking to the complainant in his mother tongue. He explained why they were there and assured the complainant that she was not in trouble with the police, “said Joseph Martino, director of SIU, in his report.

“As I am convinced that (subject matter) has at all times acted lawfully in his dealings with the complainant, there is no reasonable reason to believe that he is in any way criminally liable for her sad death.”

SIU is encouraged to investigate when an officer is involved in an incident with a member of the public that results in death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault.

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