No Charges Against Officer in Relation to Mississauga Arrest
(27 May, 2022) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe a Peel Regional Police (PRP) officer committed a criminal offence in connection with a 23-year-old man’s arrest and injury in January.
In the early morning of January 27, 2022, officers were dispatched to a Mississauga residence after a resident contacted the police to report what he believed was a fraud in progress involving a recent Kijiji transaction. At the sight of police cruisers arriving at the address, a man in a Volkswagen Tiguan reversed his vehicle and then drove forward attempting to drive away. He was prevented from doing so by officers who struck the vehicle’s driver side and passenger side with cruisers. The man scrambled from the driver’s seat to the front passenger’s seat and out through the open window of the passenger door onto the hood of a cruiser. An officer exited his vehicle and chased the man over the hood. Following a very brief foot pursuit, the officer grabbed hold of the man at about the same time as another police officer. The two officers brought the man to the ground, after which they took control of the man’s arms and handcuffed them behind his back. At hospital, the man was diagnosed with fractures of his left elbow and wrist.
While it remains unclear when precisely the man’s injuries were inflicted, Director Martino concluded there were no reasonable grounds to believe that either subject official comported himself unlawfully in their engagement with the man. As there was no basis for proceeding with criminal charges in this case, the file has been closed.
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, email@example.com
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES