No Grounds to Charge North Bay Police Officer in Relation to Canadian Tire Parking Lot Incident
Case Number: 19-OCI-281
(25 June, 2020) ---
On the morning of November 20, 2019, a North Bay Police Service officer observed a 28-year-old man operating a pickup truck in violation of a driving prohibition. The officer followed the man into a Canadian Tire parking lot, parked his unmarked vehicle behind the pickup truck, and made his way to the driver’s door intending to effect an arrest. At the sight of the officer, the man placed his pickup into gear, reversed a couple of times, striking the officer’s vehicle in the process, and drove away. The man was arrested two days later, at which time he claimed that the officer had injured his left hand during their earlier encounter. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s 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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