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No Charges to Issue in Relation to Man’s Death in Mississauga

Case Number: 21-OCD-044   

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SIU Investigating Death of Man in Mississauga

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Mississauga, ON (10 June, 2021) ---
On February 11, 2021, an 18-year-old male passed away in a Mississauga hospital.  He had been taken to hospital by Peel Regional Police (PRP) officers on February 9, 2021 following his apprehension under the Mental Health Act.  The SIU initiated an investigation and identified two PRP officers as subject officials.  

Today, upon completion of the investigation, the Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that either subject official committed a criminal offence in connection with the male’s apprehension and death.

In the evening of February 9, 2021, the male’s parents contacted PRP to report concerns about their son’s safety.  The male, who struggled with his mental health, had left the family home without indicating where he was going.  Officers responded, spoke with the parents and located the man.  He was apprehended and taken to hospital where he fell into medical distress and passed away on February 11, 2021.

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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Loida Pedro,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342