News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation into Innisfil Interaction

Case Number: 22-OCI-279   

Mississauga, ON (24 February, 2023) ---
On October 26, 2022, the Barrie Police Service became aware that an 85-year-old man, who suffered from dementia, had gone missing from a retirement home in Barrie. An officer located the man in Innisfil. The man was sitting in the driver’s seat of a car parked in the driveway of a home. When the man refused to give up the key when asked by the officer, and then moved to insert the key in the ignition, the officer grabbed the man by the upper left arm to remove him from the driver’s seat. The man complained that his left arm hurt. At hospital, he was diagnosed with a fractured left humerus. On his assessment of the evidence, SIU Director Joseph Martino determined there were no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s 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