Toronto police officer charged with manslaughter in death of 19-year-old man

A Toronto police officer has been charged with manslaughter after a 19-year-old man died following an off-duty incident in April 2021, Ontario’s police watchdog says.

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) said the charge relates to an incident on April 26, 2021, when two off-duty Toronto Police Service officers met and interacted with Chadd Facey in Brampton, Ont.

Global News previously reported that the off-duty officers allegedly travelled to Brampton to meet a teenager who tried to sell them an Apple watch on Kijiji.

The police officers realized the watch was counterfeit, leading to a physical confrontation with Facey.

Shortly after the interaction, Facey was taken to hospital where he later died.

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Constables Gurmakh Benning and Calvin Au were previously charged under the Police Services Act in relation to the incident.

On Friday, the SIU announced Au has been charged with one count of manslaughter and one count of aggravated assault.

He is scheduled to appear in a Brampton court on March 2.

The SIU said as the matter is now before the courts, it cannot provide further information.

The SIU is an independent agency that investigates incidents involving police that have resulted in death, serious injury or alleged sexual assault.

— with files from Global News’ Catherine McDonald

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