News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation into Reported Facial Fracture Suffered by Man Resisting Arrest in Brampton

Case Number: 21-OCI-368   

Mississauga, ON (25 February, 2022) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that a York Regional Police officer committed a criminal offence in connection with a facial fracture suffered by a 19-year-old man in the course of his arrest last October.

On October 29, 2021, the officer arrested the man for stealing a vehicle. The man strenuously resisted arrest. The officer punched the man twice and forced him to the ground.

Director Martino accepted that the man’s reported facial fracture was likely the result of one or both of the officer’s punches, but there were no reasonable grounds to believe it was due to unlawful conduct by the officer involved. 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