News Release

SIU Investigating Reported Serious Injury of Woman Arrested by Hamilton Police Officers

Case Number: 21-OCI-405   

Mississauga, ON (30 November, 2021) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a serious injury reportedly suffered by a 24-year-old woman during her arrest by Hamilton Police Service officers last week.

Preliminary information suggests the following:
  • On Friday, November 26, 2021, there was a protest outside Hamilton Police Service’s central station. During the demonstration, there were interactions between protesters and officers. 
  • Officers arrested three people. One woman who was arrested reportedly sustained a serious injury during the course of her arrest.

Three investigators have been assigned to the case. 

The SIU is urging anyone who may have information in relation to the incident at the protest at Hamilton Police Service’s central station, including video or photos, to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529 or online at: https://siu.on.ca/en/appeals.php

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.media@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES