Use of Police Dog in Mississauga Arrest Determined to be Reasonable
Case Number: 19-OCI-292
(13 May, 2020) ---
On the afternoon of December 3, 2019, Peel Regional Police was notified that an impaired driver had crashed his pickup truck in the parking lot of a self-storage facility on Summerville Court in Mississauga. Officers arrived at the scene and soon after located the driver – a 41-year-old man – inside his storage unit. When the man was confronted by officers outside the unit, the man refused to show them both hands or assist in lifting the door. The officers lifted the door, and one of the officers released his police dog. The dog proceeded to bite into the man’s lower left leg. With the dog still latched to the leg, officers entered the unit and arrested the man. The man was transported to hospital where he was diagnosed and treated for several lacerations and puncture wounds. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the dog’s handler committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.
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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