News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation into Man’s Broken Ribs After Arrest in Lindsay

Case Number: 23-OCI-192   

Mississauga, ON (20 September, 2023) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, found no reasonable grounds to believe a Kawartha Lakes Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the arrest of a 37-year-old man. On May 23, 2023, officers were called to a residence in Lindsay after the man threatened to burn down the house. While officers attempted to handcuff the man, he resisted and an officer struck the man in the chest with his knee. The man was diagnosed with left-sided rib fractures.

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