News Release

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Man’s Apprehension and Injury in Delhi

Case Number: 20-PCI-180

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Mississauga, ON (18 September, 2020) ---
On the morning of July 23, 2020, a 30-year-old man got into a fight with another individual at a motel in Delhi, and then collapsed. Upon the arrival of Ontario Provincial Police officers and paramedics, the man got up and exhibited irrational and erratic behavior. The man was eventually apprehended under the Mental Health Act and taken to hospital. When the man later attempted to leave the Observation Room of the hospital, the officers took hold of the man and escorted him back. Moments after entering the room, the man lost his balance and fell to the floor. The man then rose to his feet and began to punch and kick the door. He was diagnosed with a break of one of his lower forearms. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any OPP officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s apprehension 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