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News Release

No reasonable grounds to Believe Police Officers in Ottawa Committed a Criminal Offense in Relation to Arrest of Man

Case Number: 18-OCI-173

Mississauga, ON (5 June, 2019) ---
In the evening of May 5, 2018, a 22-year-old man was arrested by members of the Ottawa Police Service (OPS) for drug trafficking.  The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any OPS officer in relation to the concussion the man was diagnosed with day later.

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision): 

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,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342