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News Release

SIU Discontinues Investigation into Man’s Injury While Lodged at Red Lake OPP Detachment

Case Number: 19-PCI-227

Mississauga, ON (11 October, 2019) ---
The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the injury sustained last month by a 31-year-old man while he was lodged in a Red Lake OPP detachment cell.

In the evening hours of September 13, 2019 the man was arrested for public intoxication and lodged in a cell in the OPP Red Lake detachment. Approximately 40 minutes after he was placed in the cell, the man tripped over the toilet bowl and struck his head against the cell door. The man was transported to hospital by ambulance for treatment.

Interim Director Martino said, “The record establishes that the man was checked regularly while in cells and that medical attention was provided to him promptly following his fall. Consequently, as it is apparent based on the SIU’s preliminary inquiries that there is no potential criminal liability arising on the part of any police officer/s in connection with the man’s period in custody and whatever injury he may have sustained as a result of his fall, 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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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