News Release

Man Sustained Injury after Punching Cell Door; SIU Discontinues Brantford Investigation

Case Number: 19-OCI-106

Mississauga, ON (10 June, 2019) ---
The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury sustained by a 41-year-old man last month in Brantford while he was lodged in a police station cell.

At approximately 8 p.m. on May 14, 2019, the man was arrested by Brantford Police Service (BPS) officers and transported to police headquarters. Following the booking process, the man was lodged in a cell. Shortly after being placed in the cell, the man punched the steel cell-door frame with his right fist. As a result, he was transported to hospital where he was diagnosed with a fractured metacarpal in his right hand.   

Interim Director Martino said, “Based on the SIU’s preliminary inquiries, it is evident that the man broke his right hand when, while housed in a cell of the BPS headquarters building, he punched the cell metal door frame. As the man alone is to blame for his injury, I am satisfied at this time that there is patently nothing to investigate as far as the potential criminal liability of any police officer is concerned. Accordingly, this investigation is discontinued and the file closed.”

The SIU is an arm’s length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations 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 any 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