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News Release

SIU Terminates Hanover Investigation as Man’s Injuries Occurred Prior to Contact with Police

Case Number: 19-OCI-263

Mississauga, ON (12 December, 2019) ---
The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the arrest last month of a 65-year-old man in Hanover.

On November 6, 2019, the man was arrested by Hanover Police Service officers in relation to an assault. He was taken to the Hanover Police Service station and lodged in a cell. When the man complained of pain in his right hand, he was transported to hospital where he was diagnosed with fractured fingers of the right hand. 

Interim Director Martino said, “The man’s injuries occurred when he fell sometime before he came into contact with police. As there is no suggestion to believe the man was the subject of any untoward conduct on the part of the police, I am satisfied there is patently nothing to investigate as far as the potential criminal liability of any police officer is concerned. Accordingly, the investigation is hereby discontinued, and the file 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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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