Officer facing assault charges suspended following ‘interaction’ with man in Brampton
Published November 3, 2023 at 8:40 am
A Peel Regional Police officer facing assault charges following an alleged on-duty incident in Brampton has been on suspension for over eight months.
The Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Ontario’s police watchdog agency, said on Thursday that charges had been laid against a Peel police constable following an “interaction” with a man in Brampton on Feb. 8.
Police have now confirmed to insauga.com that the officer, identified by investigators as Const. Trevor Lau, was suspended on Feb. 10 in accordance with the Police Services Act “as a result of an on-duty incident which has been investigated by the SIU.”
“As the matter is currently before the courts, Peel Regional Police is not in a position to comment on specific details surrounding this case,” a police spokesperson said in a statement.
Peel police were responding to “reports of a man in distress” in the area of Rutherford Road North and Williams Parkway in Brampton on the night of the alleged incident when there was “an interaction between an officer and the man,” according to the SIU.
Investigators haven’t released details on the “interaction” or what type of injuries the man reportedly sustained, but said that the man in distress was arrested and taken to hospital with “serious injuries.”
The SIU has charged Lau with one count each of assault causing bodily harm and assault with a weapon.
The accused is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton on Nov. 30. None of the allegations have been proven in court.
The SIU is Ontario’s independent civilian government agency, investigating the conduct of police officers that may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault and the discharge of a firearm at a person.insauga's Editorial Standards and Policies advertising