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News Release

No Basis to Charge Any Officer Involved in Arrest of Man in Ottawa

Case Number: 19-OCI-199

Mississauga, ON (11 June, 2020) ---
On the evening of August 18, 2019, the Ottawa Police Service received a number of 911 calls complaining of a vehicle that was being driven in a dangerous manner. Officers located the vehicle and proceeded to arrest the driver. However, the driver – a 33-year-old man – violently resisted the efforts of the police officers, and on multiple occasions attempted to grab onto the use of force options on the officers’ duty belts. The man was eventually subdued and placed in a cruiser. He was diagnosed with a fracture of the orbital bone. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there is no basis for proceeding with criminal charges in this case.

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

The SIU is an independent civilian 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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Monica Hudon,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342