News Release

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

Case Number: 22-OCI-157   

Mississauga, ON (20 October, 2022) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that a Windsor Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the serious injury suffered by a 43-year-old man.

On June 21, 2022, officers sought to arrest the man for a break and enter at a residence in Amherstburg. The man and a homeowner were fighting before the man fled on foot. The man was arrested. The following morning, the man was diagnosed with a broken left upper arm.

Director Martino found no reasonable grounds to believe that any of the officers who had dealings with the man comported themselves other than lawfully, leaving no basis for proceeding with criminal 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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Monica Hudon,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES