News Release

No Charges Warranted in Relation to Woman’s Arrest in Toronto

Case Number: 21-TCI-048   

Mississauga, ON (11 June, 2021) ---
On February 11, 2021, the Toronto Police Service (TPS) responded to a possible impaired driver in the area of Charles Street. A 43-year-old woman had been living in her vehicle for several days. While stopped in the intersection of Charles Street East and Church Street, the woman noticed a TPS police cruiser approaching her vehicle.  She panicked at the sight of the officers and fled the area. TPS officers eventually arrested the woman and was taken to the police station. She complained of pain and was taken to hospital where she was diagnosed with serious injury. 

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined that there are no grounds to proceed with a criminal offence in connection with the woman’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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Loida Pedro,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342