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News Release

No Basis to Proceed with Charges in Relation to St. Catharines Arrest

Case Number: 19-OCI-311

Mississauga, ON (6 July, 2020) ---
In the morning hours of December 29, 2019, Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) officers were dispatched to a Tim Hortons in St. Catharines for a reported assault. A 32-year-old man was arrested and placed in the police cruiser. Soon after the officers released the man conditionally, an interaction ensued, and the man was arrested and transported to the police station. He was subsequently taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with a broken ankle.  The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an NRPS officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the Complainant’s arrest and injury.

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

The SIU is a civilian agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or an allegation 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 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