News Release

SIU Discontinues Investigation into Man’s Injury in Brockville

Case Number: 21-PCI-223   

Mississauga, ON (30 July, 2021) ---
On July 15, 2021, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) reported that a 33-year-old man in their custody had been diagnosed with a fractured right heel.  The SIU initiated an investigation. Based on the Special Investigations Unit’s (SIU) preliminary inquiries, which included an interview with the man and a review of a video recording of his time in police custody, Director Joseph Martino concluded that there is patently nothing to investigate as far as the potential criminal liability of any police officer is concerned in connection with the man’s injury.  

The investigation is discontinued, and 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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