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Man’s Injury a Result of Jumping Over Fence; SIU Terminates Brantford Investigation

Case Number: 19-OCI-082

Mississauga, ON (9 May, 2019) ---
The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated the investigation into the serious injuries sustained by a 27-year-old man last month in Brantford.

On Thursday, April 18, 2019, Brantford Police Service (BPS) officers were dispatched to a residence to investigate a domestic matter. A man from the home was outside when he saw police arrive. In an effort to evade them, the man ran and jumped over a fence. The man was taken into custody and transferred to cells at the BPS headquarters. The following morning, he was transported to hospital where he was diagnosed with fractures to both his left and right calcaneus (heel bone). 

Interim Director Martino said, “Based on the SIU’s preliminary inquiries, it is apparent that the man fractured his heel bones when he jumped over a fence and landed on the ground. On this record, it is apparent at this time that the responding officers neither caused nor contributed to the man’s injuries in any fashion that could attract criminal liability.  Accordingly, as there is patently nothing that would further a criminal investigation of the officers, the investigation is hereby discontinued and the file is 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