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Man’s Injury a Result of Jumping from City of Toronto Pool Fence; SIU Discontinues Investigation

Case Number: 20-TCI-193

Mississauga, ON (29 October, 2020) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury sustained by a 23-year-old man in Toronto in August.

Shortly after 11 p.m. on August 2, 2020, two Toronto Police Service officers arrived in a cruiser at the Alex Duff Memorial Pool to investigate a complaint of people swimming in the pool, which was closed at the time. At the sight of the cruiser, one of the individuals who had gained access to the pool scaled the pool fence to get away from the officers. Once at the top of the fence, the man jumped and landed approximately 4.75 metres below. He was diagnosed with a broken femur. 

Director Martino said, “Based on the SIU’s preliminary investigations, it is apparent that the man is alone responsible for his injury. As there is no suggestion on the aforementioned-record of any conceivable criminality by the officers in relation to the man’s self-inflicted injury, there is patently nothing further to investigate as far as the SIU’s jurisdiction is concerned. Accordingly, the investigation is hereby discontinued 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, 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