SIU Discontinues London Investigation
Case Number: 19-PCI-260
(22 November, 2019) ---
The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the arrest of a 24-year-old man earlier this month by Ontario Provincial Police officers in London.
On November 3, 2019, the man had been operating a reportedly stolen vehicle west on Highway 401 in Middlesex County. In an attempt to immobilize the vehicle, OPP officers deployed a spike belt in the area of Colonel Talbot Road. The man managed to pull his vehicle over and he then fled on foot. While running away from the officers, he fell in a ditch and injured his wrist. With the help of a police dog, officers were able to locate the man to a farmhouse. He had taken refuge inside an unlocked vehicle on the property. Prior to him being arrested, the man sustained a dog bite injury to his left bicep. He was taken to hospital for treatment.
Interim Director Martino said, “Based on the SIU’s preliminary inquiries, it is apparent that there is manifestly nothing to investigate as far as any potential criminal liability on the part of the officers is concerned in connection with the wrist injury. No police officers were present or in the vicinity when the man fell in a ditch and injured his wrist. As for the dog bite, it was superficial in nature and required no treatment other than being cleansed and bandaged. It, unlike the left wrist fracture, does not constitute a serious injury within the meaning of the SIU’s statutory jurisdiction under section 113 of the Police Services Act. Consequently, the investigation is hereby discontinued, and the file is closed.”
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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