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News Release

No Basis to Charge Officer in Relation to Arrest of Man in Ottawa Apartment

Case Number: 19-OCI-307

Mississauga, ON (16 June, 2020) ---
In the evening of January 5, 2018, a 26-year-old man was arrested by Ottawa Police Service officers in relation to a domestic assault and subsequently released on a promise to appear. A week later, the man attended hospital and was diagnosed with a concussion.  The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer involved in the arrest committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision):https://www.siu.on.ca/en/directors_reports.php. 

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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Monica Hudon, monica.hudon@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342