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News Release

SIU Terminates Investigation into Interaction that Occurred While Man Lodged in Windsor Cell

Case Number: 20-OCI-013

Mississauga, ON (21 February, 2020) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the injury sustained last month by a 40-year-old man in Windsor. 

On January 23, 2020, the man was arrested and transported to the Windsor Police Service headquarters where he was lodged in a cell. As officers attempted to collect the drawstring from the man’s pants, there was an interaction. The man was subsequently transported to hospital for treatment of an injury.

Director Martino said, “It is apparent based on the SIU’s preliminary inquiries that the man did not in fact sustain a “serious injury” for purposes of the SIU’s statutory jurisdiction. Consequently, as the SIU is without jurisdiction to investigate this incident, 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