News Release

No Charges in Man’s Injury During Arrest in Durham Region

Case Number: 21-OCI-129   

Mississauga, ON (19 August, 2021) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that two officers committed a criminal offence when a man suffered a fractured collarbone during an arrest in Cannington last April.

On April 21, 2021, Durham Regional Police Service officers responded to a call for a domestic disturbance involving the man at a home on Laidlaw Street South in Cannington. After a struggle with police, the man was grounded and arrested. The man was taken to hospital for a mental health assessment and was diagnosed with a fractured right collarbone.

Director Martino was satisfied the officers exercised a reasonable amount of force to apprehend the man and concluded there was no basis for proceeding with criminal charges.

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,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES