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News Release

SIU Terminates Investigation into OPP Arrest as No Serious Injury Sustained

Case Number: 20-PCI-148

Mississauga, ON (18 August, 2020) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into an interaction that occurred in March between a 20-year-old man and Ontario Provincial Police officers. 

At approximately 1: 20 a.m. on March 21, 2020, OPP officers stopped the man’s vehicle after being clocked at 55 km/h, over the posted speed limit along Highway 10.  Police officers spoke with the man and stated his vehicle would have to be towed for stunt driving. The man became aggressive with police officers. He had to be physically restrained and was taken to a local hospital. 

Director Martino said, “ It is apparent that the SIU is without jurisdiction in this matter. A review of the man’s medical records established the man neither suffered any fractures nor a concussion. Accordingly, he did not suffer any “serious injury” for the purposes of the SIU’s statutory jurisdiction, the investigation is hereby discontinued and the file is closed.”

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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Michael Webber, michael.webber@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342