News Release

SIU Concludes London Investigation into Man’s Arrest

Case Number: 23-OCI-445   

Mississauga, ON (26 February, 2024) ---
In the early morning of October 29, 2023, London Police Service officers were dispatched to a restaurant in London after staff reported to police that a man had brandished a knife at security personnel. Officers encountered the 22-year-old man, and a struggle ensued as the officers attempted to arrest him. The man was eventually handcuffed. At hospital, he was diagnosed with a fractured left arm. 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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Kristy Denette,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES