News Release

SIU Discontinues Investigation into Man’s Injury in Waterloo Police Custody

Case Number: 22-OCI-195   

Mississauga, ON (17 November, 2022) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the broken right hand suffered by a 28-year-old man while in Waterloo Regional Police Service custody in August. 

On August 6, 2022, officers arrested the man for impaired driving. He was taken to the police station and placed in an interview room where a camera captured the man punching the camera, walls and the door, fracturing his hand in the process. 

Based on the SIU’s preliminary inquiries, including a review of video footage that captured the incident, Director Martino found it plain and obvious that the police did nothing to cause or contribute to the man’s injuries. Accordingly, 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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Monica Hudon,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES