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News Release

SIU Closes File into Man’s Arrest in Dryden as Force Used by Police Deemed to be Legally Justified

Case Number: 18-PCI-351

Mississauga, ON (16 October, 2019) ---
In the afternoon hours of December 12, 2018, a 61-year-old man was arrested on his property in Dryden by Ontario Provincial Police officers. The man was subsequently taken to hospital while in the custody of the police and diagnosed with a fractured right wrist. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against an OPP officer in relation to the man’s serious injury.

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