News Release

SIU Concludes Cornwall Investigation

Case Number: 23-OCI-244   

Mississauga, ON (25 October, 2023) ---
In the morning of June 27, 2023, a team of Cornwall Police Service officers assembled in the area of a Cornwall residence to execute a search warrant. When the 23-year-old male person of interest noticed the police presence, he fled from the home. Police observed the man jumping fences, and they confronted him and took him to the ground. He was arrested and transported to hospital for treatment of an ankle injury. On his assessment of the evidence, SIU Director Joseph Martino determined there were no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injury. There was no basis for proceeding with criminal charges in this case, and the file has been closed.
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