News Release

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Woman’s Death in Niagara

Case Number: 20-OCD-117   

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SIU Investigating Death of Woman at Police Station in Niagara Falls

Mississauga, ON (29 July, 2021) ---
On May 21, 2020, a 24-year-old woman passed away of a drug overdose while inside her cell.  The officer in charge of the station when the woman was in custody, was identified as the subject officer (SO) for purposes of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) investigation.  SIU Director, Joseph Martino, has determined there is no basis for proceeding with criminal charges in this case and the file is closed.

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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