News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation into York Officer for Man’s Arrest, Injuries in Barrie

Case Number: 22-OCI-300   

Mississauga, ON (22 March, 2023) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that a York Regional Police officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the serious injuries suffered by a 26-year-old man during his arrest in Barrie. 

On November 22, 2022, the man was arrested for drug trafficking. The man resisted as officers attempted to pull him out a pickup truck. The officer punched the man once or twice, and the man and officers tumbled to the ground, before he was handcuffed and taken to hospital.

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