News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation into Man’s Facial Injuries During Arrest by OPP in Brant

Case Number: 23-PCI-093   

Mississauga, ON (12 July, 2023) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, found no reasonable grounds to believe an Ontario Provincial officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the facial injuries suffered by a 23-year-old man. On March 20, 2023, officers from the Brant County Detachment went to the man’s home and found him intoxicated in the garage. The man came at an officer, swinging his fists. The officer punched the man in the face several times, he fell and was handcuffed. 
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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Kristy Denette,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES