News Release

No Basis to Proceed with Charges in Relation to Man’s Apprehension in Toronto

Case Number: 20-TCI-126   

Mississauga, ON (19 November, 2020) ---
On the morning of May 30, 2020, Toronto Police Service (TPS) officers were dispatched to a home after a mother reported that her 37-year-odl son was making threats of suicide. After further investigation, the decision was made to apprehend the man and to take him to the hospital. An interaction ensued between the officers and the man, and eventually the officers were able to handcuff him and escort him to an ambulance. At hospital, the man was diagnosed with a fractured nose. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that a TPS officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injury.

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

The SIU is an independent government agency that investigates the conduct of officials (police officers as well as special constables with the Niagara Parks Commission and peace officers with the Legislative Protective Service) that may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault and/or the discharge of a firearm at a person. All investigations are conducted by SIU investigators who are civilians. Under the Special Investigations Unit Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether the official has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, cause a criminal charge to be laid against the official where grounds exist for doing so, or close the file without any charges being laid
  • publicly report the results of its investigations

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