News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation into Man’s Arrest, Injuries in Hamilton

Case Number: 22-OCI-295   

Mississauga, ON (8 September, 2023) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe a Hamilton Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the serious injuries suffered by a 40-year-old man during his arrest last year. On November 13, 2022, police were called to a detox centre on Main Street East for a report of the man refusing to leave. An interaction ensued, and at one point the man was thrown to the ground. The man was arrested, and then taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with a facial fracture. 

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