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News Release

SIU Terminates Investigation into Cobourg Arrest

Case Number: 19-OCI-309

Mississauga, ON (16 January, 2020) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the arrest last month of a 22-year-old man by Cobourg Police Service (CPS) officers. 

On December 22, 2019, CPS officers attended a residence in relation to a domestic incident and arrested a 22-year-old man. Upon being handcuffed, the man complained of pain to his left arm. As a result, the man was transported to hospital where he was diagnosed with a fractured left clavicle.

Director Martino said, “Based upon the evidence obtained during the course of the investigation, it was determined that the man’s injury was sustained when he fell from his e-bike earlier in the day, prior to the domestic incident to which officers responded. As it is evident that there is patently nothing to investigate as far as any potential criminal liability on the part of any CPS officer is concerned in connection with the man’s injury, the investigation is hereby discontinued, and the file is 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