News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation into Man’s Fractures After Arrest by Toronto Police Officers

Case Number: 23-TCI-198   

Mississauga, ON (29 January, 2024) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, found no reasonable grounds to believe two Toronto Police Service officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the arrest and serious injuries suffered by a 28-year-old man.
On May 26, 2023, officers sought to arrest the man in the area of Elm and Elizabeth Streets for break and enter. The man attempted to break free from the officers and was taken to the ground. He was later diagnosed with a fractured jaw, broken nose and other injuries.
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