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News Release

SIU Discontinues Hamilton Investigation as No Serious Injury Sustained

Case Number: 19-OCI-109

Mississauga, ON (24 June, 2019) ---
The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into an interaction that occurred last month in Hamilton between Hamilton Police Service officers and a 38-year-old man.

In the early morning hours of May 12, 2019, the man called 911 complaining of a person forcefully knocking on the front window of his home. When officers arrived at the home, the man entered into a struggle with them. Later that day, the man went to hospital because of pain in the area of his right ribs and left hand/wrist.  

Interim Director Martino said, “The medical records indicate the man did not suffer any fractures, or other serious injury.  In the circumstances, as it is apparent based on the SIU’s preliminary inquiries that the man did not suffer a “serious injury” within the terms of the SIU’s mandate, the 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