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News Release

Brantford: No Charges to Issue after Police Cruiser Ran Over Man who - Unbeknownst to Officer – was Lying in Front of Vehicle

Case Number: 18-OVI-147

Mississauga, ON (3 May, 2019) ---
On May 19, 2018, a Brantford Police Service (BPS) officer responded to a radio call to attend a residence on Market Street for a possible domestic dispute.  While the officer was inside the residence responding to the call, unbeknownst to him, a 25-year-old man, who had consumed a considerable amount of alcohol and who suffered from mental health issues, approached the officer’s police vehicle and lay down on the roadway in front of it.  The officer returned to his police vehicle at approximately 1:50 a.m. and put the vehicle in motion, pinning the man underneath it. A tow truck removed the police vehicle, allowing the man to crawl out. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges in relation to the serious injury sustained by the man.

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision):https://www.siu.on.ca/en/directors_reports.php. 

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