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News Release

Force Used by Officers to Arrest Man in Ottawa Determined to be Justified

Case Number: 18-OCI-381

Mississauga, ON (23 October, 2019) ---
On the morning of December 31, 2018, the Ottawa Police Service was alerted to reports of a man violently assaulting a woman at the intersection of Booth and Wellington Streets. When an officer attempted to arrest the 26-year-old man, the man resisted, and a physical altercation ensued. Other officers arrived and the man was handcuffed and put in the backseat of a cruiser. He was subsequently taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with a fractured left orbital bone. 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 injury.  

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