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News Release

Force Used by Officers to Arrest Teenager in Belleville Determined to be Legally Justified

Case Number: 19-OCI-075

Mississauga, ON (28 November, 2019) ---
On April 11, 2019, 911 received a call reporting that a 16-year-old female had ingested an unknown quantity of prescription medication, and she had locked herself in the bathroom and was threatening to harm herself. Belleville Police Service officers attended the residence. When the teenager refused to unlock the bathroom door, officers forced their way in. Following an interaction, the officers eventually managed to arrest her. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges in relation to this incident.

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision):https://www.siu.on.ca/en/directors_reports.php. 

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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Monica Hudon, monica.hudon@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342