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News Release

Man Caused Harm to Himself Prior to the Arrival of Police; SIU Discontinues Hamilton Investigation

Case Number: 19-OCI-135

Mississauga, ON (10 July, 2019) ---
The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the hospitalization of a 34-year-old man last month in Hamilton.

On the night of June 14, 2019, a family member called 911 to report that his brother was inside a vehicle and consuming a liquid cleaning agent. The family member could not get into the vehicle. The first Hamilton Police Service officer to the scene arrived within five minutes of the 911 call. He assisted in removing the man from the interior of his car, in which he had locked himself as he drank the liquid.  Paramedics arrived and transported the man to the emergency department in life-threatening condition. He was stabilized and admitted to the intensive care unit.

Interim Director Martino said, “As it is apparent based on the preliminary inquiries of the SIU that the man caused himself harm before the police even arrived at the scene, and that they acted quickly in removing him from the car so he could be treated by paramedics, there is in my view patently nothing to investigate as far as the potential criminality of any police officer is concerned.  Accordingly, 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