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News Release

No Charges to Issue Against Police Officer in Relation to Burlington Arrest

Case Number: 18-OCI-081

Mississauga, ON (30 May, 2019) ---
Shortly before midnight on March 14, 2018, Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) officers were dispatched to downtown Burlington because a man reportedly knifed a vehicle. Officers located the 32-year-old man, but he fled on foot after identifying himself. The officers pursued the man and he was arrested. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a HRPS officer in relation to the man’s arrest.

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