News Release

SIU Discontinues Investigation into Man’s Broken Wrist in Toronto

Case Number: 21-TCI-303   

Mississauga, ON (20 September, 2021) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into a broken wrist suffered by a man in the course of his arrest by Toronto Police Service officers earlier this month.

In the early morning of September 12, 2021, the Toronto Police Service responded to an assault call at 2743 Victoria Park Avenue. They arrested the man.

Based on the SIU’s preliminary inquiries, it was found the man likely fractured his left wrist when he fell to the ground as he fled from police officers in the underground parking lot of a building.

Director Martino said it did not appear any officer caused or contributed to the man’s injury; thus, the investigation has been discontinued and the file has been 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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Kristy Denette,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES