News Release

SIU Discontinues Investigation into Man’s Reported Injuries During Arrest at Toronto’s Russian Consulate

Case Number: 22-TCI-281   

Mississauga, ON (26 January, 2023) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the reported serious injuries suffered by a 59-year-old man while he was arrested by Toronto Police Service officers for breaching the perimeter at Toronto’s Russian Consulate last April.

On April 10, 2022, the man breached Toronto Police Service’s secure perimeter around the Russian Consulate at 60 St. Clair Avenue East in Toronto. Suspicious items were found in the area and police attempted to determine if there was any danger to public safety. Officers confronted the man and asked him to leave. He refused and was arrested. Following his release from custody, the man was reportedly diagnosed with several fractures. The SIU has been unable to obtain sufficient evidence, such as medical records, to proceed with an investigation at this time. 

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,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES