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News Release

SIU Determines No Criminal Offence Committed in Relation to Markham Arrest

Case Number: 20-OCI-094

Mississauga, ON (4 August, 2020) ---
On April 23, 2020, a 29-year-old man suffered a broken nose in the course of his arrest in Markham. An Ontario Provincial Police officer and a York Regional Police (YRP) officer – working together with the YRP Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau – were the primary arresting officers and identified as the subject officers for purposes of the SIU investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that either officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury.

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