News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation into Man’s Fall from Balcony in Toronto

Case Number: 22-TCI-277   

Mississauga, ON (22 February, 2023) ---
On October 25, 2022, Toronto Police Service officers were dispatched to a high-rise apartment building after an individual reported that a 31-year-old man was screaming and throwing things from  a fifth-floor balcony. In the presence of police, the man climbed over the balcony railing, moved across the outside ledge of the balcony, attempted to climb down to a balcony below, and fell to the ground. He was transported to hospital where he was diagnosed with multiple fractures and a collapsed lung. On his assessment of the evidence, SIU Director Joseph Martino determined there were no reasonable grounds to believe that any officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injuries. There was no basis for proceeding with criminal charges in this case, and 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