SIU Concludes Investigation into Arrest of Man at Brampton Bank
(19 January, 2024) ---
In the afternoon of September 21, 2023, a Peel Regional Police officer arrived at a Scotiabank in Brampton. An employee of the branch had contacted police to report that a man was attempting to access funds using false identification. The officer entered the bank, took hold of the man, and escorted him outside to his parked cruiser where he intended to secure him in handcuffs. While facing the passenger side of the cruiser, his left hand having already been cuffed, the man began to resist arrest. An interaction ensued, and the man was eventually handcuffed behind the back. The man was released at the scene following his arrest. The 26-year-old man subsequently attended hospital where he was diagnosed with a leg fracture. 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 arrest and 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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