News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation Involving York Regional Police

Case Number: 23-OCI-267   

Mississauga, ON (11 November, 2023) ---
On July 13, 2023, York Regional Police officers attended a plaza in Richmond Hill following a report of a stolen vehicle. Officers located the vehicle and conducted mobile surveillance. As the driver travelled west on Highway 9 east of Highway 400, he travelled over a tire deflation device that had been deployed by an officer. Soon after, the vehicle lost control and crashed into a ditch. A struggle ensued between the man and officers, and the man was eventually handcuffed. At hospital, he was diagnosed with a front nasal fracture. On his assessment of the evidence, SIU Director Joseph Martino determined there were no reasonable grounds to believe that any officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s 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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Monica Hudon,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES