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News Release

Injury in OPP Leamington Detachment Cell Self-Inflicted; SIU Discontinues Investigation

Case Number: 19-PCI-099

Mississauga, ON (17 May, 2019) ---
The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury sustained last month by a 25-year-old man while he was lodged in an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) cell.

On April 21, 2019, the man was arrested by members of the OPP Leamington Detachment for disobeying a court order. He was lodged in a cell at approximately 5 p.m. At about 9:30 p.m., the man threw a punch with his right hand and struck the right side of the cell door frame. The man was transported to hospital where he was diagnosed with having sustained a fractured right hand, commonly known as a boxer’s fracture.

Interim Director Martino said, “The cell video recording shows the man punching the cell door frame with his right hand, and quickly thereafter examining his right hand. As it is apparent that the man broke his own hand through no fault of anyone else, there is patently nothing further to investigate regarding the potential criminal liability of any police officer. Accordingly, this 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