News Release

Investigation Concluded into Cornwall Police Officers After Man Hurt

Case Number: 23-OCI-020   

Mississauga, ON (17 May, 2023) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe two Cornwall Police Service officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the arrest and serious injury of a 59-year-old man. On January 17, 2023, officers were dispatched to a residential building on Second Street West. The man reportedly assaulted a man with a bat. Officers pulled the man to the ground from the doorway of his residence and arrested him. He was diagnosed with a fractured left clavicle. While Director Martino accepted that the man’s injury was the result of his fall to the ground, he found no reasonable grounds to believe that it was attributable to unlawful conduct by the officers.  
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