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News Release

SIU Determines Force Used Against Man in Windsor Arrest was not Excessive

Case Number: 19-OCI-221

Mississauga, ON (30 June, 2020) ---
On September 11, 2019, members of the ROPE (Repeat Offender Parole Enforcement) squad were in the area of Park Street West and Janette Avenue in Windsor for surveillance. Shortly after 11 a.m., an officer came upon an unrelated incident which he believed to be one of domestic violence, and he intervened. He radioed his colleagues for assistance, and a 25-year-old man was arrested.  During the course of the arrest, the man sustained a broken nose. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe the officers transgressed the limits of the criminal law at any point.  Accordingly, there is no basis to proceed with criminal charges against any of the officers, and the file is closed.

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