News Release

No Basis to Charge Officer in Relation to Teenager’s Arrest at Mississauga Park

Case Number: 23-OCI-191   

Mississauga, ON (16 September, 2023) ---
In the evening of May 19, 2023, Peel Regional Police officers were dispatched to a break and enter in progress at a home in Mississauga. At the sight of the arrival of police officers in the area, a 16-year-old male and several acquaintances fled from the scene. At the north end of McKenzie Park, officers observed the teenager walking away from a police officer.  The officers travelled across the park towards the Complainant, stopped and exited their cruiser, and confronted him. An interaction ensued. Following the man’s arrest, he was transported to hospital where he was diagnosed with a broken nose. On his assessment of the evidence, SIU Director Joseph Martino determined there were no reasonable grounds to believe that any officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest and injury. There was no basis for proceeding with criminal charges in this case, and the file has been closed.
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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Monica Hudon,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES