News Release

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Connection with Man’s Arrest in Toronto

Case Number: 21-TCI-071   

Mississauga, ON (30 June, 2021) ---
On January 12, 2021, a 56-year-old male was arrested and subsequently taken to hospital in police custody where he was diagnosed with a serious injury – a fractured right rib.  The arresting officers – SO #1 and SO #2 – were identified as subject officials for purposes of the SIU investigation.  

SIU Director, Joseph Martino, said, “On my assessment of the evidence, there are no reasonable grounds to believe that either subject official committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.”

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision): https://www.siu.on.ca/en/directors_report_details.php?drid=1411

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