News Release

No Charges to Issue in Relation to St. Catharines Arrest

Case Number: 22-OCI-283   

Mississauga, ON (24 February, 2023) ---
In the early morning hours of October 29, 2022, Niagara Regional Police Service officers became aware of a fight in the area of St. Paul and James Streets, in St. Catharines. Officers located one of the individuals, and a foot pursuit ensued. An officer caught up to the 24-year-old man and took him to the ground. There was a struggle, but the man was eventually subdued with the help of other officers that had arrived. The man was later transported to hospital where he was diagnosed with a fractured right clavicle. On his assessment of the evidence, SIU Director Joseph Martino determined there were no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury. 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