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News Release

SIU Terminates Investigation into Interaction Between Man and Police Officers in Brampton

Case Number: 19-OCI-287

Mississauga, ON (16 January, 2020) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into a November 2019 interaction that occurred in Brampton between a 31-year-old man and Peel Regional Police officers.

At approximately 4:15 p.m. on November 27, 2019, Peel Regional Police officers attempted to stop a vehicle in the area of Bramalea Road and Clark Road. In the course of the driver’s arrest, he was bitten by a police canine. He was taken to hospital for treatment.
 
SIU investigators reached out to the man on repeated occasions to enlist his cooperation, directly and via his counsel. However, the SIU is yet to hear back.  

Director Martino said, “In the absence of a statement from the man, I am satisfied that there is an insufficient foundation at this time from which to proceed with an investigation. Indeed, the SIU cannot even be sure of its jurisdiction given its inability, without the man’s consent, to access his medical records. In the circumstances, the investigation is hereby discontinued, and the file is closed. Every consideration will be given to re-opening the investigation should the man and/or his counsel come forward in the future.”

The SIU is a civilian agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or an allegation 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 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