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News Release

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Arrest of Man in Hamilton

Case Number: 19-OCI-094

Mississauga, ON (5 December, 2019) ---
In the morning hours of May 1, 2019, Hamilton Police Service officers were dispatched to a residence to investigate a disturbance. The officers asked a 26-year-old man to leave, but when he refused to do so, he was arrested. The man was released from custody shortly after, but then placed under arrest again. 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 hand with which the man was diagnosed. 

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