No Charges to Issue in Relation to Arrest of Man in Oakville Hotel
Case Number: 20-OCI-041
(2 September, 2020) ---
On February 18, 2020, 911 received a call reporting that a patron of a hotel in Oakville was behaving in a disorderly and destructive fashion, and threatening harm to himself and others in the building. Halton Regional Police Service officers were dispatched to the hotel, and attempts were made to speak with the man. The decision was then taken to force entry into the room. As officers tried to take the man into custody, the man physically resisted. The officers reacted with force of their own – including the deployment of conducted energy weapons by two of the officers – and the man was handcuffed. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injuries.
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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