2 London officers charged following SIU investigation into 'interaction' in 2016

UPDATE: As of July 18, 2017 the charges have been dropped.

The Special Investigations Unit is charging two London Police officers in relation to the arrest of a 40-year-old man in the area of Base Line Road East and Wharncliffe Road South in June 2016.

Police were called to a plaza in the area in the afternoon hours of Thursday, June 16, where there was an “interaction” with the individual.

“The interaction continued in front of an apartment building on Highland Avenue,” said SIU spokesperson Monica Hudon. “The man sustained injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment.”

As a result of an investigation, SIU director Tony Loparco says Const. Theresa Clayton is charged with one count of assault causing bodily harm. Const. Jeff Lake faces one count of assault.

London Police media relief officer Michelle Romano was tight-lipped about the case, but says they’re aware of the situation.

“The case is currently before the courts, and therefore it would be inappropriate for me to comment any further at this time.”

Romano added that there has been no change to either constable’s duties as a result of the charges; they’ll both appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in London on May 29.

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