SIU investigating altercation after two arrests and several injured officers during Toronto rally

Aug 31 2020, 6:56 am

Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating an incident after several officers were injured apprehending a man during a demonstration in Toronto over the weekend.

According to the SIU, on Saturday, Toronto Police Service officers were in the area of Eglinton Avenue West and Oakwood Avenue while a rally was taking place.

Around 8 pm officers were made aware that a man was jumping on cars, after which an interaction occurred between the man and the officers “including an officer deploying a conducted energy weapon.”

The SIU said the 33-year-old man was arrested and transported to hospital for treatment and the unit is waiting on confirmation of the man’s injuries.

“As a result of the altercation, several officers were injured,” the release states.

“The SIU was notified of the incident at 1:43 am on August 30, 2020, at which time the unit invoked its mandate.”

During the peaceful rally on Saturday night an “unrelated” demonstration was being held in the same area which is where the altercation took place. Reportedly, when officers intervened a second person jumped in and began fighting with police.

The TPS wrote a “hostile crowd” surrounded its officers, on Twitter, adding that there were two arrests and assistance had been called in from other police units in the city.

Law enforcement said seven officers were injured, four of which required treatment at hospital.

A video taken of the incident on August 29, shows a large crowd of police forming a perimeter around a section of the road.

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