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News Release

Man Lodged in Collingwood OPP Cell Declines Release of Medical Records; SIU Terminates Investigation

Case Number: 19-PCI-118

Mississauga, ON (25 June, 2019) ---
The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the injury sustained by a 41-year-old man earlier this month while he was in the Collingwood detachment Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) cell.

On June 3, 2019, the man was arrested for impaired driving. He was taken to the Collingwood OPP detachment and lodged in a cell. Shortly after, the man rammed his upper body into the bars of the cell. He was transported to hospital for treatment.  

Interim Director Martino said, “As the man has declined to authorize the release of his medical records, the SIU is unable to confirm the nature and extent of any injuries he may have suffered. In the result, I am satisfied that there is an insufficient basis to proceed with an investigation and the file is hereby 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