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Man Fractured Heel while Attempting to Flee Police; No Criminal Charges to Issue Against Officer in Trenton Case

Case Number: 20-PCI-329   

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Mississauga, ON (22 April, 2021) ---
On the night of November 28, 2020, Ontario Provincial Police officers were dispatched to a residence in Trenton after a report was received of a domestic dispute. At the sound of police sirens, a 22-year-old man attempted to escape the residence via the back doorway, but in the process he was seriously injured. Officers located the man hiding behind garbage in the backyard of the residence and he was arrested without incident. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and fractured right heel.

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 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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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