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News Release

SIU Discontinues Windsor Investigation

Case Number: 19-OCI-164

Mississauga, ON (9 August, 2019) ---
The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into an interaction that occurred last month between police officers and a 41-year-old man riding a bicycle.

On the afternoon of July 8, 2019, Windsor Police Services officers pulled over a cyclist in relation to how he was riding his bicycle. When they asked for his identification, he failed to identify himself and he pedaled away. The man fell from his bicycle and was taken into custody. When the man complained of a sore right wrist, he was taken to hospital for treatment.
  
Interim Director Martino said, “As it does not appear the man suffered a “serious injury” within the terms of the SIU’s statutory mandate, the Unit is without jurisdiction to proceed and the investigation is hereby discontinued.”

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