News Release

No Charges in Patient’s Injury at Mississauga Hospital

Case Number: 21-OCI-085   

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Mississauga, ON (17 July, 2021) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that Peel Regional Police officers committed a criminal offence in connection with a 32-year-old patient’s injury in Mississauga Trillium Hospital in March 2021.

On March 18, 2021, police officers responded to search for a patient, admitted to hospital under the Mental Health Act, who had left the Mississauga Trillium Hospital. Police located the patient and returned him to hospital. In a struggle in his hospital room, the man’s nose was fractured after his face struck a bedrail.

Director Martino said there was insufficient evidence to reasonably believe that either officer had conducted himself unlawfully during the incident.

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