News Release

No Charges Against Niagara Regional Police Officer After Serious Injury Suffered by Man in Niagara

Case Number: 21-OCI-280   

Mississauga, ON (30 December, 2021) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the male’s arrest and medical condition.

On August 30, 2021, Niagara Regional Police Service officers on patrol intended to arrest a man for driving while impaired. The man refused to stop and a CEW was deployed and the man was apprehended. The man became unresponsive, and officers administered Narcan as well as performed CPR. The man was taken to hospital and was in critical condition.

Director Martino found no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer transgressed the limits of care prescribed by the criminal law in his dealings with the man.

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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