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No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Death of Man Who Had Jumped from Bridge in Presence of Toronto Police Service Officers

Case Number: 20-TCD-293   

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SIU Investigating After Man Dies Following Fall from Toronto Overpass

Mississauga, ON (1 June, 2021) ---
On November 2, 2020, a 45-year-old man died when he jumped from the Dundas Street bridge over the Don River and Don Valley Parkway. As Toronto Police Service officers were on the bridge and had engaged with the man in the hours prior to his death, the SIU was notified and opened a file. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s death.  

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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