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News Release

No Basis to Lay Charges in Relation to Arrest of Man in Richmond Hill, and his Subsequent Custody at the Police Station

Case Number: 18-OCI-361

Mississauga, ON (15 October, 2019) ---
On the morning of December 15, 2018, a 44-year-old man was arrested by York Regional Police officers following a brief standoff at his residence in Richmond Hill. The man was lodged in cells and subsequently taken to hospital when an officer noticed swelling over the knuckles of the man’s left hand. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any officer in relation to the man’s hand injury, likely caused when he banged his hand multiple times on the metal frame of the cell in which he was lodged.

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