News Release

No Charges Against Belleville Police Officer for Man’s Self-Inflicted Injury in Cell

Case Number: 21-OCI-395   

Mississauga, ON (16 March, 2022) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that a Belleville Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with a serious injury suffered by a 26-year-old man after he had tried to harm himself in his cell last November.

On November 19, 2021, an officer noticed the man silent and still on the floor of his cell and rushed to cut loose the ligature. The officer rendered first aid to the man until paramedics arrived.

Director Martino found nothing to dispute the officer’s evidence that he checked on the man routinely via cell monitors nor was there any reason to be concerned that the man was at risk of self-harm. In the result, he was satisfied that there was no basis for proceeding with criminal charges in this case.

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