SIU Concludes Investigation into Peel Officer Who Hit Officer with Cruiser in Mississauga Arrest
(18 August, 2022) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that a Peel Regional Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with a serious injury suffered by another officer after he was struck by a police SUV in Mississauga.
On April 20, 2022, officers were dispatched to 5165 Dixie Road for reports of a break and enter in progress. The men involved fled. The officer drove his marked police SUV and saw one of the mhttps://siu.on.ca/en/directors_report_details.php?drid=2087
en fleeing. He attempted to cut him off when another officer in foot pursuit of the men ended up falling into the path of the cruiser. The officer driving the cruiser unsuccessfully tried to steer right to avoid striking the officer. The officer was taken to hospital from the scene and diagnosed with a broken nose and several lacerations.
Director Martino found that while the subject official’s conduct was regrettable and, possibly, negligent he was not persuaded, in the heat of the moment, that it was criminal. In the result, as there were no reasonable grounds to believe that the subject official transgressed the limits of care prescribed by the criminal law, there was no basis for proceeding with charges in this case. 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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