SIU Concludes Investigation into Man’s Fall from Bridge in Hamilton
(1 May, 2023) ---
In the afternoon of January 1, 2023, the Hamilton Police Service received a 911 call from a 57-year-old man asking that traffic be stopped below the King Street East bridge over Kenilworth Avenue South, as he intended to jump from the bridge to end his life. Once officers arrived on scene, they attempted to speak with the man. Meanwhile, the Mobile Crisis Rapid Response Team (MCRRT) unit was asked to attend at the scene to take carriage of the matter. While officers encourage the man not to jump, and while the MCRRT was en route, the man sat on the ledge and, after a short period, pushed himself off the bridge. The man was transported to hospital where he was diagnosed with fractures of the right femur, right pelvis bone and left hip bone, and a tear to the bladder. 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 fall and injuries. There was no basis for proceeding with criminal charges in this case, and the file has been closed.
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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SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES