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News Release

No Charges to Issue Against Officer After Man in Chatham Struck by Police Cruiser

Case Number: 18-OVI-336

Mississauga, ON (19 July, 2019) ---
On November 15, 2018, a Chatham-Kent Police Service officer in a marked cruiser pursued a man who was riding a bicycle. In the rear parking lot of an apartment building, the officer lost control of the vehicle and the man was struck. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the officer in relation to the serious injuries sustained by the 28-year-old man.

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision):https://www.siu.on.ca/en/directors_reports.php. 

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