SIU Concludes Investigation into Arrest of Man by Peel Officer
(10 June, 2022) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that a Peel Regional Police (PRP) officer committed a criminal offence in connection with a serious injury suffered by a 34-year-old man in and around the time of his February arrest in Mississauga.
In the evening of February 10, 2022, a PRP unmarked cruiser followed a stolen Honda vehicle into the underground parking of a building in Mississauga. At the sight of the officer, the driver of the Honda exited his vehicle and started to run, and the officer chased after the man on foot. The man climbed a set of stairs and ran down a hallway to another set of stairs that led down to a fire exit door. He then jumped part way down the staircase and tumbled the rest of the way to the landing before the door, after which he picked himself up and exited onto Burnhamthorpe Road West. The officer eventually caught up with the man and arrested him. During the chase, the officer had fired his conducted energy weapon twice. The man was taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with a fractured left ankle.
Director Martino determined there were no reasonable grounds to believe that the subject official comported himself other than lawfully in his dealings with the man. Accordingly, 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