News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation into Man’s Arrest, Eye Injury in Wasaga Beach

Case Number: 23-PCI-047   

Mississauga, ON (16 June, 2023) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, found no reasonable grounds to believe an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer committed a criminal offence in connection with an eye injury suffered by a 64-year-old man in Wasaga Beach. On October 17, 2023, OPP officers were dispatched to investigate dropped 911 calls from a residence. After the officers were let into the home, the man became belligerent and a physical altercation ensued during which one of the officer’s punched him multiple times in the head before he was arrested.
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