SIU Terminates Investigation into Arrest of Man in Timmins
Case Number: 20-OCI-007
(12 May, 2020) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the November arrest of a 36-year-old man. The SIU became aware of the incident on January 10, 2020.
At approximately 5 p.m. on November 28, 2019, the Timmins Police Service sealed off Spruce Street North between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue to conduct an investigation. A man attempted to enter the sealed off area to access his property, but was prevented from proceeding by police officers. When he continued to try, he was arrested for obstruction. The man complained of pain following his arrest and was taken to hospital for treatment.
Director Martino said, “Based upon the SIU’s preliminary inquiries to date, it is apparent that the SIU is without jurisdiction to continue with its investigation. Examination at hospital failed to reveal the presence of any “serious injury” for purposes of the SIU’s mandate. Consequently, the SIU’s 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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