News Release

SIU Terminates Oshawa Investigation Due to No Serious Injury Sustained

Case Number: 19-OCI-077

Mississauga, ON (4 July, 2019) ---
The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the April 2019 arrest of a 35-year-old man in Oshawa.

On the night of April 6, 2019, Durham Regional Police Service officers arrested a man in the area of Athol Street East and Drew Street in Oshawa. He was taken to the police station where he was lodged in a cell. He was released from custody the following day. A few days later, the man attended a medical facility for treatment of injuries.

Interim Director Martino said, “Based on the SIU’s preliminary inquiries, which included a review of the man’s medical records, it is evident that he did not suffer any fractures in the course of his interactions with police officers on April 6, 2019. Accordingly, as there is no ‘serious injury’, the SIU is without jurisdiction to continue its investigation and the file is 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