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News Release

SIU Terminates Investigation into Man’s Arrest in Harrow

Case Number: 20-PCI-149

Mississauga, ON (13 July, 2020) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the arrest last month of a 26-year-old man in Harrow.

On the night of June 23, 2020, Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers with the Essex detachment responded to a mischief call on Secord Avenue and located a 26-year-old man. Following a struggle, the man was arrested and placed in the back of an OPP cruiser.  Due to medical concerns, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) was called. While in the back of the cruiser, the man smashed his head and face off the Plexiglas partition in the rear with great force. He was removed from the OPP cruiser and transported to hospital by EMS. 

Director Martino said, “Based upon the SIU’s preliminary inquiries, which included a review of the man’s medical records, it is apparent that the SIU is without jurisdiction to continue with the investigation. Though the matter was reported to the SIU as involving a brain bleed and concussion, it is now clear that neither injury was in fact diagnosed.  Rather, following his arrest by the OPP, the man was taken to hospital where the extent of his injuries was ultimately determined to consist of a subdural hematoma of no significant mass or effect. As the injury does not amount to a “serious injury” within the terms of the SIU’s statutory jurisdiction, the investigation is hereby discontinued, 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, monica.hudon@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342