News Release

No Grounds for Charges against Three Waterloo Officers who Arrested Angry and Confrontational Man at Oktoberfest Event

Case Number: 16-OCI-259

Mississauga, ON (31 January, 2018) ---
The Acting Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined that the conduct of three Waterloo Regional Police Service officers did not fall outside the range of what was reasonably necessary to arrest a 43-year-old man at an Oktoberfest party on October 9, 2016.  The man was later diagnosed with a concussion.  
Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision)

The Director’s Report was delivered to the Attorney General, as is required by law under the Police Services Act. The Attorney General has directed that the document be posted online.

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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