News Release

SIU Closes Investigation into Serious Injuries of Two Men Fleeing Toronto Police

Case Number: 23-TCI-048   

Mississauga, ON (16 June, 2023) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, found no reasonable grounds to believe Toronto Police Service officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the serious injuries suffered by two men who fell from a balcony in Liberty Village. On February 17, 2023, officers went to an apartment with a search warrant during a firearm-related investigation. In and around that time, the two men, aged 27 and 31, attempted to scale down balconies to evade police. They both fell in the process and were seriously hurt.
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