News Release

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Injury Sustained by a Man During Arrest in Sudbury

Case Number: 20-OCI-317   

Mississauga, ON (4 June, 2021) ---
On November 21, 2020, the Greater Sudbury Police Service (GSPS) officer responded to a housing complex in Chelmsford for a report of a domestic dispute.  The officers tried to arrest a 38-year-old male for public intoxication. The man resisted arrest and was taken to the ground.  He was later transported to hospital and diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture to his nose. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer acted other than lawfully in his interaction with the male, there is no basis for proceeding with criminal charges against the officer and the file is closed.   
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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