News Release

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Man’s Arrest Outside of Walmart in St. Catharines

Case Number: 19-OCI-272

Mississauga, ON (26 May, 2020) ---
On November 17, 2019, a Walmart store employee in St. Catharines notified police that a man was behaving strangely, and that store management wished to have him removed from the property. Police attended and arrested the man outside of the store. Once the 35-year-old man was handcuffed, it was discovered that he had a cut under his right eye which was bleeding heavily. At hospital, the man was assessed as having a fracture to the orbital bone of his right eye. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined that the level of force used by police was reasonably necessary in the circumstances, and as such, no charges will issue.

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
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342