News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation into Broken Nose Suffered by Man During Arrest by Toronto Police Officers

Case Number: 23-TCI-489   

Mississauga, ON (22 March, 2024) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, found no reasonable grounds to believe a Toronto Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the arrest of a 21-year-old man. On November 24, 2023, officers were called to an apartment near Linkwood Lane in Toronto for a man in distress. 

Officers attempted to apprehend the man under the Mental Health Act. The man resisted, pushing and kicking an officer. An officer took the man to the ground and struck him in the face. The man was apprehended and taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with a broken nose.

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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Monica Hudon,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES