News Release

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Woman’s Arrest Outside Brampton Pub

Case Number: 20-OCI-045

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Mississauga, ON (3 September, 2020) ---
In the early morning hours of February 28, 2020, Peel Regional Police officers were dispatched to a pub in Brampton after the pub manager reported to 911 that an intoxicated woman was driving a vehicle in the parking lot in a reckless fashion. An officer approached the woman, who was seated in the driver’s seat of her vehicle parked in front of the bar. He spoke with her and made a demand for a breath sample. When the woman objected and refused to take the test, the officers decided to take her into custody. The woman verbally and physically resisted her arrest. In and around the time the handcuffs were being affixed, a “pop” sound was heard. The “pop” was the sound of the woman’s arm breaking. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that a PRP officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the 29-year-old woman’s arrest and injury.

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision):https://www.siu.on.ca/en/directors_reports.php.

The SIU is an independent government agency that investigates the conduct of officials (police officers as well as special constables with the Niagara Parks Commission and peace officers with the Legislative Protective Service) that may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault and/or the discharge of a firearm at a person. All investigations are conducted by SIU investigators who are civilians. Under the Special Investigations Unit Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether the official has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, cause a criminal charge to be laid against the official where grounds exist for doing so, or close the file without any charges being laid
  • publicly report the results of its investigations

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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