News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation into Injury Suffered by Man while in Windsor Cell

Case Number: 22-OCI-288   

Mississauga, ON (1 March, 2023) ---
On October 31, 2022, a 57-year-old man was in a cell in the Southwest Detention Centre in relation to his arrest for causing damage to a vehicle. When the man wouldn’t exit the cell to be transferred to the correctional facility, officers with Windsor Police Service were notified. After trying to reason with the man, officers entered the cell and an interaction ensued. The man was eventually handcuffed and taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with two right lateral rib fractures. 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 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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Kristy Denette,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES