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News Release

No Criminal Charges Warranted in Relation to Elgin County Arrest

Case Number: 19-PCI-244

Mississauga, ON (5 May, 2020) ---
In the early morning hours of October 7, 2019, Ontario Provincial Police officers were dispatched to a hemp farm located in Elgin County. There had been a break, enter and theft at the farm, with ten to twelve individuals fleeing into the adjoining fields. A 25-year-old man was located in the field and arrested. He was later taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with having sustained two non-displaced fractures. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined that none of the involved officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injury.

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision): 

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,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342