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News Release

No Basis to Lay Charges in Relation to Injuries Sustained by Two Men After Being Struck by a Police Cruiser in Waterloo

Case Number: 19-OVI-083

Mississauga, ON (8 October, 2019) ---
In the early morning hours of April 20, 2019, police received a 911 call reporting that gunshots had been heard in the area of King Street North and Hickory Street West in Waterloo, and that people were fighting. A Waterloo Regional Police Service officer traveling on King Street came upon two individuals on the roadway and struck them with the front of his cruiser. Notwithstanding the serious injuries sustained by the individuals, the Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, is unable to reasonably conclude that the officer committed a criminal offence.

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