News Release

SIU Completes Investigation into Man’s Injury During Arrest in Brampton

Case Number: 23-OCI-366   

Mississauga, ON (4 January, 2024) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, found no reasonable grounds to believe a Peel Regional Police officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the fracture suffered by a 23-year-old man during his arrest in September in Brampton.

On September 2, 2023, officers came upon a group of people drinking on Trueman Street. The officers cautioned the group about drinking alcohol in public. One of the men fled on foot. Officers chased him. The man was wearing a satchel containing drugs. Another officer in a cruiser located the man. He exited his cruiser and ordered the man to show his hands and took him to the ground. The officer punched the man as he struggled. Officers arrested the man for drug possession and drug trafficking. Days later, the man went to hospital and was diagnosed with an orbital 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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Kristy Denette,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES