Thursday October 12, 2017 – Toronto resident charged with assault and obstruct peace officer following rally in Peterborough

Further to the Media Release for October 12, 2017

Assault Arrest:
The Peterborough Police has arrested and charged a Toronto resident with assault and obstruct peace officer following a large scale rally held in Peterborough.

On September 30, 2017 hundreds of people gathered in the area of Confederation Square in response to an organized rally.

During the rally police attempted to remove a person from the crowd by escorting them to a police cruiser. At that point an unknown protester concealing their identity emerged from the crowd and struck the person in the head. The protester was initially arrested and subsequently released unconditionally. The investigation revealed that the name the protester provided to officers at the time of arrest was false.

Through further investigation police were able to confirm the identity of the protester.

On October 5, 2017 police attended a Toronto residence where, as a result of the investigation, the person was arrested and charged.

William October, 22, of Richmond Street West, Toronto, is charged with assault and obstruct peace officer.

The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to attend a Peterborough court on October 26, 2017.