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News Release

Man’s Refusal to Cooperate Leads SIU to Terminate Ottawa Investigation

Case Number: 18-OCI-164

Mississauga, ON (31 August, 2018) ---
The Acting Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into an interaction that occurred in June of 2018 between a 24-year-old man and Ottawa Police Service officers.

In the afternoon hours of June 3, 2018, officers responded to a reported assault at a bar in the area of Elgin Street and Lewis Street. Upon police arriving, the 24-year-old man fled on foot from the area. Officers followed the man on foot, and subsequently arrested him and took him to the police station. The man was then taken to hospital for treatment.

SIU investigators attempted to speak to the man several times, through both the man’s mother and the man’s legal counsel. On July 20, 2018, the man’s legal counsel informed the SIU that the man would not be providing a statement to the SIU.

Acting Director Martino said, “The man does not wish to cooperate with the SIU at this time and there is simply insufficient foundation upon which to proceed with an investigation. As such, I have terminated the investigation into this incident.”

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. 

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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