News Release

SIU Completes Investigation into Windsor Police Officers’ Arrest, Injury of Man

Case Number: 22-OCI-323   

Mississauga, ON (21 April, 2023) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, found no reasonable grounds to believe two Windsor Police Service officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the serious injury suffered by a 58-year-old man. On December 21, 2022, officers were called to an apartment in Riverside following a 911 call about a man refusing to leave and fighting with a resident. The man refused officers’ direction to leave and struck an officer. Officers struck the man several times and forced him down twice. 

In the result, Director Martino accepted that the man’s nose was broken in the altercation with police and found no reasonable grounds to believe that either officer comported themselves other than lawfully throughout their engagement.  

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