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News Release

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Injuries to Teenager who Attempted to Exit Moving Police Cruiser in Kenora

Case Number: 19-PCI-152

Mississauga, ON (23 December, 2019) ---
In the early morning of June 27, 2019, an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer in Kenora was transporting a 17-year-old female in a police cruiser to an OPP detachment. The teenager, who was seated in the back behind the driver’s seat, opened the door and proceeded to exit the cruiser. When the officer heard the door open behind him, he applied the brakes and the 17-year-old fell to the ground beside the police vehicle. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the officer in relation to the broken right ankle sustained by the teenager.

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