SIU Discontinues Markham Investigation
Case Number: 19-OCI-172
(20 August, 2019) ---
The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury sustained by a 35-year-old man last month in Markham after he fled from police officers.
At approximately 6 a.m. on July 24, 2019, the man was a resident in a home in Markham when York Regional Police officers entered to execute a search warrant. The man fled from the home through the rear door and at one point scaled and jumped from a fence. The man continued and made his way to a location in Toronto. Later that day, the man was arrested and taken to hospital where he was eventually diagnosed with a fractured left foot.
Interim Director Martino said, “It is apparent based on the SIU’s preliminary inquiries that the man suffered his injury during his flight from the police, more specifically, as he vaulted a fence fleeing the residence, at a time when no police officers were present. On this record, I am satisfied that there is patently nothing to investigate as far as any police officer’s potential criminal liability is concerned in connection with the man’s self-inflicted injury. 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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