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News Release

Use of Force by Police Officers in Toronto Arrest Deemed to be Measured and Proportionate; No Charges to Issue

Case Number: 19-TCI-047

Mississauga, ON (29 October, 2019) ---
At approximately 10:30 p.m. on March 1, 2019, Toronto Police Service (TPS) officers arrived at a residence on St. Johns Road to investigate a domestic disturbance. Following a brief struggle, a 59-year-old man was arrested in the home. He was subsequently taken to hospital and diagnosed with a broken nose.  The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges any TPS officer in relation to this incident.

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