News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation into Man’s Arrest and Broken Leg in Welland

Case Number: 23-OCI-206   

Mississauga, ON (26 September, 2023) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, found no reasonable grounds to believe a Niagara Regional Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the arrest and broken left leg suffered by a 32-year-old man. On May 29, 2023, officers were called for a report of an assault at a residence on King Street. The man believed responsible fled on foot. An officer pursued the man, and discharged a conducted energy weapon before grounding him. He was arrested and later diagnosed with a serious injury.
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