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News Release

SIU Terminates Investigation into Windsor Interaction

Case Number: 19-OCI-299

Mississauga, ON (20 December, 2019) ---
The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into an interaction that occurred earlier this month between a 34-year-old man and a Windsor Police Service officer.

On December 6, 2019, the man was arrested by police officers on outstanding warrants. When he complained that he wasn’t feeling well, he was transported to hospital for examination. The man managed to escape from the hospital, but soon after was located and arrested by a Windsor Police Service officer. The man was returned to the hospital for treatment of teeth injuries.

Interim Director Martino said, “Upon investigators speaking with the man and reviewing his medical records, I am satisfied that his injuries – two upper front teeth broken horizontally at the mid-point – do not constitute a “serious injury” for purposes of the SIU’s statutory mandate.  Accordingly, as it is clear based on the SIU’s preliminary inquiries that the unit is without jurisdiction to proceed with an investigation, the investigation is hereby discontinued and the file, closed.”

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, 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