News Release

SIU Terminates Kingston Investigation

Case Number: 22-OCI-183   

Mississauga, ON (15 November, 2022) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the arrest of a 58-year-old man in March of 2022. The man reported the incident to the SIU in July of 2022.

On the morning of March 6, 2022, Kingston Police officers attended the area of Division Street and Benson Street after a report of an altercation between two individuals. The 58-year-old man was handcuffed and arrested. A few months later, the man went to hospital for discomfort in his left hand.

The medical evidence indicated that the man did not suffer a serious injury within the mandate of the SIU. As the SIU was without statutory jurisdiction in this matter, Director Martino has terminated the investigation.  

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