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SIU report on Andrew Loku will be released: Wynne

By Shawn Jeffords, Toronto Sun

Andrew Loku is pictured in a handout photo from crowdfunding website Fundrazr.com. He was shot and killed by Toronto Police July 5, 2015.

Andrew Loku is pictured in a handout photo from crowdfunding website Fundrazr.com. He was shot and killed by Toronto Police July 5, 2015.

TORONTO - 

Premier Kathleen Wynne says she’ll release the confidential police watchdog investigation into the shooting death of Andrew Loku.

Two police officers confronted the 45-year-old man in the hallway of a Gilbert Ave. lowrise around midnight on July 5, 2015. Loku, who had a history of mental illness and was holding a hammer, ignored the officers’ instructions and kept stepping closer, so one of them opened fire.

The Special Investigations Unit probed the deadly shooting and cleared police of any wrongdoing.

Wynne made her pledge to release the SIU report at a press conference while addressing the issue of “systematic racism” in Ontario.

Black Lives Matter Toronto has been calling for the release of the confidential report.

“I want the information that is in the SIU report to be in the public realm,” Wynne said. “It’s not a matter of whether, it’s a matter of how we do that.”

Wynne couldn’t immediately say what that would mean for public access to all SIU reports.

“The privacy commissioner has said in extraordinary circumstances or certain conditions, there should be the ability to make these reports public,” she said.