No Charges to Issue in Relation to Hawkesbury Arrest
Case Number: 20-PCI-034
(7 October, 2020) ---
Shortly after midnight on February 9, 2020, two Ontario Provincial Police officers attended an apartment in Hawkesbury following a call to police reporting that a 39-year-old man had been playing music very loudly and was throwing objects outside through his window. When the officers attempted to speak with the man, he tried to shut the apartment door on them. The man then spat on one of the officers. The officers reacted by taking hold of the man and forcing him to the floor. A short struggle ensued on the ground ending with the man in handcuffs. He was later taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with a fractured left elbow. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there is no basis for proceeding with criminal charges against either of the involved officers in relation to the man’s injury, and the file is closed.
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, email@example.com
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
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