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News Release

Man’s Injury in Kitchener Police Station Cell was Self-inflicted; SIU Closes File

Case Number: 19-OCI-122

Mississauga, ON (25 June, 2019) ---
The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury sustained earlier this month by a man while he was lodged in a Waterloo Regional Police Service cell.

On June 5, 2019, the man was lodged in a WRPS police station cell in Kitchener. Shortly after midnight, he punched the Plexiglas door with his right hand many times. His hand was checked and found to be swollen. The man was taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with having a fracture to the fifth metacarpal (pinky) on his right hand.  

Interim Director Martino said, “A cell video recording depicts the man punching the cell door upwards of 60 times with the outside of his right hand within a span of about five minutes. As it seems obvious based on the video recording that the man’s injury was self-inflicted and that he alone is to blame for it, the SIU’s investigation is hereby discontinued and the file closed.”

The SIU is an independent civilian 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