News Release

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Arrest at Toronto Rooming House

Case Number: 20-TCI-086

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Mississauga, ON (16 September, 2020) ---
On April 14, 2020, Toronto Police Service officers attended an address on Bloor Street West after a resident of a rooming house called police to report that another resident – a 50-year-old man – had just attacked him with a knife. Officers located the man and a struggle ensued before they were able to arrest him. The man was subsequently transported to hospital when he complained of right arm pain, and diagnosed with a fractured humerus. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that one of the arresting officers 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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Monica Hudon,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342