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News Release

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Hamilton Arrest

Case Number: 20-OCI-102

Mississauga, ON (2 October, 2020) ---
On the morning of May 4, 2020, the superintendent of a building contacted police to report the presence of a minivan, parked but running, in a driveway by the building. Inside the minivan were two men who appeared to be passed out. Officers arrived and surrounded the vehicle with their cruisers. Shortly after, the officers opened both front doors of the minivan. The passenger was removed and taken into custody without incident. The 27-year-old man sitting on the driver’s side was roused by the officers, and an interaction ensued. He was eventually arrested. The man was transported to hospital where he was diagnosed with fractures of the left orbital bone and nose. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an arresting officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injuries.

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 a civilian agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or an allegation 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 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