News Release

No Basis to Lay Charges in Relation to Arrest of Woman in London

Case Number: 19-OCI-002   

Mississauga, ON (24 October, 2019) ---
In the evening of January 1, 2019, a 27-year-old woman damaged the men’s bathroom at a London restaurant and then fled the premises. London Police Service officers attended the scene. A short while later, an officer located the woman in the rear of a property at St. George Street and proceeded to take her into custody following a physical altercation that included the officer discharging his conducted energy weapon. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the officer in relation to a foot injury the woman sustained. 

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision): 

The SIU is an independent government agency that investigates the conduct of officials (police officers as well as special constables with the Niagara Parks Commission and peace officers with the Legislative Protective Service) that may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault and/or the discharge of a firearm at a person. All investigations are conducted by SIU investigators who are civilians. Under the Special Investigations Unit Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether the official has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, cause a criminal charge to be laid against the official where grounds exist for doing so, or close the file without any charges being laid
  • publicly report the results of its investigations

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