News Release

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Arrest of Man in Toronto Police Station Parking Lot

Case Number: 19-TCI-298   

Mississauga, ON (25 June, 2020) ---
On the afternoon of December 6, 2019, a 50-year-old man struck a gate while in the 13 Division police station parking lot. When Toronto Police Service officers approached the vehicle to investigate what had happened, the man refused to exit his vehicle. A struggle ensued between the officers and the man, with included the use of an ASP baton and conducted energy weapon discharges by police. The man suffered a series of facial fractures in and around the right eye. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined that the officers who dealt with the man to place him under arrest acted lawfully throughout their encounter. As such, there is no basis for proceeding with criminal charges against any of the officers.

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

The SIU is an independent government agency that investigates the conduct of officials (police officers as well as special constables with the Niagara Parks Commission and peace officers with the Legislative Protective Service) that may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault and/or the discharge of a firearm at a person. All investigations are conducted by SIU investigators who are civilians. Under the Special Investigations Unit Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether the official has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, cause a criminal charge to be laid against the official where grounds exist for doing so, or close the file without any charges being laid
  • publicly report the results of its investigations

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