News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation into Man’s Arrest and Injury in Welland

Case Number: 21-OCI-418   

Mississauga, ON (13 April, 2022) ---
In the evening of December 13, 2021, two Niagara Regional Police Service officers attended a home in Welland to investigate a motor vehicle collision. In the course of his arrest by the officers, a 48-year-old man suffered a broken nose. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, concluded that there were no reasonable grounds to believe that either officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury. 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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Monica Hudon,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES