Ontario’s police watchdog says it has launched an investigation into events surrounding the death of a man after he was arrested in Toronto on Friday.
The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) announced the investigation Saturday morning, confirming a 32-year-old man had died after he was arrested by officers in Toronto.
The SIU investigates police-involved incidents, including those that result in death.
The watchdog said that on Friday morning, a man was arrested around Wellesley Street East and Jarvis Street. He was put into a police cruiser headed for the station.
The man then “ingested a substance” while in the police cruiser, which re-routed to hospital, the SIU said.
Later that day, he was pronounced dead, according to the SIU.
One SIU investigator and a forensic investigator were assigned to the case. The SIU said a post-mortem was scheduled to take place on Sunday.
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