News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation into Man’s Reported Broken Ribs During Arrest in Shelburne

Case Number: 23-PCI-371   

Mississauga, ON (5 January, 2024) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, found no reasonable grounds to believe two Ontario Provincial Police officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the broken ribs suffered by a 57-year-old man last September.

On September 1, 2023, officers were called to a residence in Shelburne for a domestic disturbance. While the officers were at the residence, there was an altercation with the man. An officer forced the man to the ground and handcuffed him. The man was taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with two right-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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Kristy Denette,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES