News Release

No Basis to Lay Charges in Relation to Hamilton Arrest

Case Number: 21-OCI-082   

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Mississauga, ON (14 July, 2021) ---
A 54-year-old man was diagnosed with serious injuries following his arrest by Hamilton Police Service officers on March 14, 2021.  Four officers were identified as subject officials for purposes of the SIU investigation.  

The investigation has now concluded with a finding by the SIU Director, Joseph Martino, that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any of the subject officials committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injuries.

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