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News Release

Officers Acted Lawfully in St Catharines Arrest; No Charges to Issue

Case Number: 19-OCI-072

Mississauga, ON (13 November, 2019) ---
On April 8, 2019, a Niagara Regional Police Service officer approached a man who was smoking an illegal substance in the area of King Street and James Street in St. Catharines. After checking his computer and seeing that there were two outstanding warrants in effect for the man’s arrest, the officer informed the man he was under arrest. With the assistance of several officers, the man was arrested. 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 fractured nose 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