News Release

No Charges After Woman’s Falling Death

Case Number: 21-TCD-157   

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SIU Investigating Falling Death of Woman in North York

Mississauga, ON (15 September, 2021) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that a Toronto Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with a 60-year-old woman’s death in May.

On May 18, 2021, the Toronto Police Service responded to high-rise apartment in Toronto for a report about a woman who might be at risk of self-harm. The woman answered the door and police asked her for identification. The woman re-entered the apartment to get it and then jumped through her bedroom window. Two officers provided CPR before she was pronounced deceased.

Director Martino concluded that the subject officer conducted himself lawfully in his interaction with the woman. The file has been 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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Kristy Denette,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES