No Charges to Issue in Relation to Leamington Arrest
Case Number: 20-PCI-066
(9 July, 2020) ---
On the morning of March 26, 2020, Ontario Provincial Police officers were dispatched to the premises of a medical cannabis growing operation in Leamington. They had been sent following calls reporting that someone had been caught breaking and entering into the business. The officers arrived to find a person of interest – a 42-year-old man – in rough shape, and surrounded by workers and security personnel. In the course of the man’s arrest, he was punched and kneed a number of times by officers before he was handcuffed. He was subsequently transported to hospital where he was diagnosed with a fractured right arm. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined that whether the officers injured the man in their encounter, there is no basis for proceeding with criminal charges in this case and the file is closed.
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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Monica Hudon, email@example.com
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
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