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News Release

SIU Closes Investigation into Sudbury Incident

Case Number: 12-OCI-234

Mississauga (4 September, 2012) --- Based on the Special Investigations Unit’s (SIU) preliminary enquiries into an interaction between a Greater Sudbury Police Service officer and a 27-year-old man last month in Sudbury, SIU Director Ian Scott has terminated the investigation. 

In the morning hours of August 10, 2012, the man was observed outside of the Sudbury courthouse, smoking a marijuana cigarette.  When an officer approached him, he told the officer he had a medical certificate authorizing his use of cannabis.  The officer detained and began to search him.  When the man did not cooperate, the officer pushed him against the wall of the courthouse.  The man began to have muscle spasms, but refused to be taken to hospital at that time.  He was taken to hospital later that day.

The preliminary investigation determined that the man did not sustain any serious injuries.  Given the Unit’s mandate, which is limited to serious injuries and deaths that may have resulted from criminal offences committed by police officers, there is nothing further to investigate.  Accordingly, the SIU investigation has been terminated.

The SIU is an arm’s length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault. Under the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether an officer has committed a criminal offence  in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, lay a criminal charge against the officer if appropriate or close the file without any charges being laid
  • report the results of any investigations to the Attorney General. 

Monica Hudon, monica.hudon@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342