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News Release

SIU Terminates Caledonia Investigation

Case Number: 19-PCI-052

Mississauga, ON (16 April, 2019) ---
The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into an interaction that occurred last month in Caledonia.

At approximately 6:30 p.m. on March 10, 2019, police officers received a call from a woman who was threatening suicide. Police attended the home, and with the woman’s mother, they entered the room of the woman. After speaking with the woman, the police officers apprehended her under the Mental Health Act. As the woman was being escorted, she bit one of the police officers in his shoulder area and began violently struggling with the police officers and her mother as they tried to control her. When the woman kicked one of the police officers, the officer delivered a knee strike to the woman’s leg. The knee strike struck the mother’s hand instead, which was on her daughter’s leg. The mother later attended hospital.

Interim Director Martino said, “Based on the medical evidence, it is apparent following the SIU’s preliminary investigation that the mother did not suffer a serious injury within the SIU’s statutory mandate.  Accordingly, the investigation is hereby discontinued and the file closed.”

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, 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