News Release

SIU Finds No Basis to Proceed with Criminal Charges in Relation to Man’s Arrest in Windsor

Case Number: 21-OCI-058   

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Mississauga, ON (22 June, 2021) ---
On February 22, 2021, a 26-year-old male was seriously injured in the course of his arrest by the Windsor Police Service (WPS) officers, the result of a bite by a police dog. The dog’s handler was identified as the subject official for purposes of the SIU investigation.

The case has been concluded with a finding by the SIU Director, Joseph Martino, that there were no reasonable grounds in the evidence to cause charges to be laid against the subject official.
 
Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision): https://www.siu.on.ca/en/directors_report_details.php?drid=1400

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, loida.pedro@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342