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No Charges Against Kingston Police in Man’s Arrest, Broken Arm

Case Number: 21-OCI-182   

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Mississauga, ON (7 October, 2021) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that two Kingston Police officers committed a criminal offence in connection with a man’s arrest and broken arm in June.

In the evening of June 7, 2021, Kingston Police responded to a 911 call about the man who was punching windows at a building on Princess Street in Kingston. Police arrested him under the Mental Health Act. The man resisted as officers attempted to place him in a police cruiser. He was taken to hospital and diagnosed with a fractured right arm.

Director Martino concluded that there was insufficient evidence to reasonably conclude that the man was the victim of unjustified force by any of the involved officers. 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
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342