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Officers who Attempted to Box-in Vehicle did Not Commit Criminal Offence; SIU Closes File into Toronto Investigation

Case Number: 20-TVI-282   

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SIU Investigating Markham Collision

Mississauga, ON (28 May, 2021) ---
On October 24, 2020, a 55-year-old man suffered a serious injury when the vehicle he was operating was struck by a Honda Pilot. In the moments prior to the collision, Toronto Police Service officers had attempted to box-in the Honda and had pursued it, thus invoking the SIU’s mandate. The principal officers in the attempted box-in of the Honda were identified as subject officers for purposes of the SIU investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that either subject officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s 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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