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News Release

SIU Terminates Investigation into injury of Man in Brantford

Case Number: 20-OCI-016

Mississauga, ON (11 March, 2020) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into an interaction that occurred in January, between police officers and a 31-year-old man.   

On the night of January 21, 2020, Brantford Police Service (BPS) officers were dispatched to a rooming house on George Street to investigate a complaint where a man was accused of punching a fellow tenant’s door. BPS officers attended the rooming house and spoke with the man. There was a physical interaction between the officers and the man, and he was arrested.  The man was subsequently taken to the Brantford Police Station. The following morning the man complained of pain to his rib area.  He was taken to the hospital and for treatment. 

Director Martino said, “Based on the SIU’s preliminary inquiries, it is apparent that  the man  did not in fact sustain any rib fractures, as had initially been suspected as a possibility. Consequently, as there is no “serious injury”, the SIU is without statutory jurisdiction in this matter. Accordingly, the investigation is hereby discontinued, and the file is closed.”

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