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News Release

Officers Acted with Tact and Professionalism; No Basis to Proceed with Charges in Relation to Woman’s Injury in Niagara Falls

Case Number: 20-OCI-143

Mississauga, ON (7 October, 2020) ---
On June 18, 2020, paramedics were dispatched to a complex of townhomes at an address in Niagara Falls as a woman had fallen in the parking lot and had hit her head. When paramedics located the 39-year-old woman on the porch of one of the homes, she was intoxicated, refused to be examined by the paramedics and she exhibited strange and irrational behaviour. Officers with the Niagara Regional Police Service were called for assistance. Many attempts were made to convince the woman to go with the paramedics, but this was to no avail. Suddenly, the woman ran from the porch and then fell, fracturing her left knee. She was taken to hospital. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined that the involved officers acted lawfully throughout their dealings with the woman and thus there is no basis to proceed with criminal charges.

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision):

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,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342