News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation into Kingston Arrest

Case Number: 23-OCI-531   

Mississauga, ON (23 April, 2024) ---
On December 25, 2023, Kingston Police officers were dispatched to an apartment building in the west end of Kingston to investigate a domestic dispute call. The building superintendent escorted the officers to an apartment unit, but continued to obstruct the entry of the officers into the unit. When an officer took hold of the superintendent’s arm to arrest him, he resisted and a struggle ensued. He was taken to the floor and handcuffed behind the back. He was later taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with a fractured right orbital bone. 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