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SIU Terminates Investigation into Cornwall Interaction as No Serious Injury was Sustained

Case Number: 19-OCI-283

Mississauga, ON (27 December, 2019) ---
The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into an interaction that occurred last month in a hospital between Cornwall Police Service officers and a 62-year-old man.

On November 21, 2019, Cornwall Police Service officers attended the Cornwall Community Hospital to assist with an unwanted person. When the person of interest – a 62-year-old man – refused to leave the hospital, he was arrested. On November 25, 2019, the SIU was made aware by the police service that the man had reportedly sustained fractured ribs during the course of the arrest.   

Interim Director Martino said, “Based on the SIU’s preliminary inquiries, which included a review of the man’s medical records, it is apparent that the man did not, in fact, sustain broken ribs as had been reported. Consequently, as there is no “serious injury” for purposes of the SIU’s mandate, the SIU is without jurisdiction to investigate the matter.  The investigation is therefore 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