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News Release

No Basis to Charge Officer in Relation to Injury Sustained by Woman at Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie

Case Number: 20-OCI-170

Mississauga, ON (9 October, 2020) ---
On the morning of July 13, 2020, a 54-year-old woman was apprehended under the Mental Health Act and taken to hospital. After the woman had been admitted into a secure room, a nurse entered the room to sedate the woman with an injection. As the needle made contact with the woman’s arm, she jumped up and advanced on the nurse, who backed away toward the door. A Sault Ste. Marie Police Service officer who was standing outside the room advised the woman to step back into the room. A struggled ensued until the woman was restrained and sedated with the help of hospital staff. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the broken right wrist the woman suffered.

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