News Release

No Grounds to Believe Officer Committed Criminal Offence in Connection with Man’s Arrest at Mississauga Motel

Case Number: 20-OCI-135

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Mississauga, ON (6 October, 2020) ---
On the evening of June 11, 2020, the manager of a Mississauga motel called 911 to report that a man – a guest of one of the persons residing at the motel – had damaged property in the resident’s unit and assaulted another individual. When a Peel Regional Police officer located the 40-year-old man at the back of the motel property, the man was on his bicycle attempting to the flee the scene. Despite orders from the officer for the man to stop, the man kept riding but soon after fell off his bike. The man was arrested. When he complained of chest pain, the man was taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with a rib fracture. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the 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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Monica Hudon,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342