News Release

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Man’s Arrest at King City Restaurant

Case Number: 20-OCI-309   

Mississauga, ON (18 May, 2021) ---
On October 8, 2020, the manager of a restaurant in King City called 911 to report that a man was causing a disturbance. Upon arrival, York Regional Police officers encountered the 42-year-old man, and they directed him to leave the premises. When he would not leave, he was informed that he was under arrest for trespassing. A struggle ensued, and the man was eventually arrested. Several days after the arrest, the man went to health clinic and was later informed he had sustained a fractured sternum. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that either of the arresting officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision):

The SIU is an independent government agency that investigates the conduct of officials (police officers as well as special constables with the Niagara Parks Commission and peace officers with the Legislative Protective Service) that may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault and/or the discharge of a firearm at a person. All investigations are conducted by SIU investigators who are civilians. Under the Special Investigations Unit Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether the official has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, cause a criminal charge to be laid against the official where grounds exist for doing so, or close the file without any charges being laid
  • publicly report the results of its investigations

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