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No Basis to Charge Officer in Relation to Man’s Death in Oshawa

Case Number: 20-OCD-320   

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Mississauga, ON (30 July, 2021) ---
November 22, 2020, a 34-year-old man fell to his death in Oshawa. As a Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) officer had interacted with the man just before the fall, the SIU was contacted and opened a file.  Upon completion of the investigation, the Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the subject official committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s death. 

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision): https://www.siu.on.ca/en/directors_report_details.php?drid=1445

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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Loida Pedro, loida.pedro@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342