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News Release

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Ottawa Arrest

Case Number: 19-OCI-053

Mississauga, ON (4 November, 2019) ---
At approximately 1 a.m. on March 10, 2019, two Ottawa Police Service (OPS) officers were on patrol near Dalhousie Street in their marked cruiser when they were flagged by an individual pointing at a man and indicating that he had assaulted several people.  After a foot chase, the officers eventually caught up with the man and took him to the ground. A struggled ensued on the ground, and the officers were able to handcuff the man after deploying a 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 an OPS officer in relation to the serious injuries sustained by the man.

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