SIU Terminates Investigation into Midland Arrest
Case Number: 20-PCI-052
(4 May, 2020) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the October 2019 arrest of a 37-year-old man by Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers in Midland.
On October 11, 2019, the man was involved in a motor vehicle collision in the area of Whitfield Crescent and William Street in Midland. He fled the scene on foot but was soon after located by police. After a struggle between the man and officers, he was arrested.
On February 13, 2020, the man made a complaint to the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD). The OIPRD then notified the OPP, which then notified the SIU on March 9, 2020. The SIU commenced an investigation.
Director Martino said, “Following the SIU’s preliminary inquiries, in which the SIU attempted in vain to obtain a statement from the man, I am satisfied that there is an insufficient foundation from which to proceed with a full investigation of this matter. Indeed, in the absence of the man’s cooperation, the SIU cannot even access his medical records with which to confirm whether he even sustained a “serious injury” for purposes of the SIU’s statutory jurisdiction. Accordingly, the SIU investigation is hereby discontinued, and the file is closed.”
The SIU is an independent government agency that investigates the conduct of officials (police officers as well as special constables with the Niagara Parks Commission and peace officers with the Legislative Protective Service) that may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault and/or the discharge of a firearm at a person. All investigations are conducted by SIU investigators who are civilians. Under the Special Investigations Unit Act, the Director of the SIU must
- consider whether the official has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident under investigation
- depending on the evidence, cause a criminal charge to be laid against the official where grounds exist for doing so, or close the file without any charges being laid
- publicly report the results of its investigations
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