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News Release

No Reasonable Grounds to Believe Officer in Oshawa Committed a Criminal Offence in Connection with Man’s Detention

Case Number: 18-OCI-242

Mississauga, ON (28 August, 2019) ---
On August 11, 2018, Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) officers were dispatched to a pub from where a man had been ejected. It was reported that he had a knife. Officers located the 53-year-old man, and he immediately complied. The man was handcuffed and then searched, but no knife was located. He was released. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a DRPS officer in relation to the fractured left wrist sustained by the man.

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision): 

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