News Release

SIU Discontinues Investigation of Woman’s Stab Wound

Case Number: 21-TCI-196   

Mississauga, ON (26 July, 2021) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into a Toronto Police Service (TPS) interaction and woman’s injury last month in Toronto.

On the June 25, 2021, the TPS officers went to a residence on Letchworth Crescent in response to a woman in crisis and harming herself. Officers entered the home and apprehended the woman. It was subsequently discovered she had a knife wound to the chest. Based on the SIU’s preliminary inquiries, it is apparent that the wound was inflicted prior to any interaction with police officers.  In the circumstances, Director Martino concluded there is patently nothing to investigate in terms of the potential criminal liability of the involved police officers. The file is closed.

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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