Due to Lack of Cooperation, SIU Terminates Investigation into Oxford County Arrest of Woman
Case Number: 20-PCI-125
(18 June, 2020) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the arrest of a 46-year-old woman last month by Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers in Oxford County.
On May 18, 2020, OPP officers arrested the woman for assault in relation to a domestic incident. Ten days later, the woman contacted the OPP to report that pins holding a plate in place in her arm were broken as a result of her arrest. The SIU commenced an investigation. An SIU investigator contacted the woman by phone. She refused to provide a formal statement to the SIU or authorize the release of her medical records.
Director Martino said, “In the circumstances, as the woman does not wish to cooperate with the SIU, there is an insufficient foundation from which to move forward with an investigation. Indeed, the SIU cannot even be sure that the woman has suffered injuries that fall within the Unit’s statutory jurisdiction. Accordingly, the investigation is hereby discontinued, and the file is closed.”
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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