SIU Clears London Police Officer In Teen’s Suicide

The province’s police watchdog has cleared a London police officer of any wrongdoing in a teenager’s death, after he was found hanged in Westminster Ponds park.

The Special Investigations Unit reports on May 30 around 9pm London Police got a call about a distraught 18-year-old who had told his girlfriend he was going to harm himself.

Police and friends of the teen started a search. The victim was found around midnight by a friend.

Responding officers and EMS workers tried to revive the teen at the scene. He was taken to a London hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

An autopsy concluded the cause of the teen’s death was hanging.

“The cause of the young man’s death is not in dispute; he committed suicide on the night of May 30, 2015,” says SIU Director Tony Loparco. “On the facts, there is no evidence that any police officer had contact with the man when he was alive or in any way contributed to his death. The numerous officers and other first responders who worked to save the man performed their duties with professionalism and care. No charges shall be laid against any officer in connection with this tragic incident.”

Four investigators and one forensics specialist worked on the case.