News Release

No Charges Against Ottawa Police Officer After Woman Suffers Broken Nose

Case Number: 21-OCI-331   

Mississauga, ON (28 January, 2022) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that an Ottawa Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with a fractured nose suffered by a 28-year-old woman reportedly in the course of her arrest in 2020.

In the early hours of March 31, 2020, officers arrested the woman for public mischief in relation to her calling 911 repeatedly for non-emergency reasons. 

Director Martino said he was satisfied that the officers involved in the woman’s arrest used no more force than was reasonably necessary to handcuff 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