News Release

Lack of Cooperation by Woman Leads SIU to Close Brantford File

Case Number: 19-OCI-207

Mississauga, ON (17 October, 2019) ---
The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the August 2019 apprehension of a 42-year-old woman by Brantford Police Service (BPS) officers.

On Wednesday, August 21, 2019, BPS officers apprehended the woman at her residence under the Mental Health Act and transported her to hospital. Two days later, the woman called BPS to report that she sustained an injury as a result of her apprehension.

When the SIU contacted the woman, she refused to speak to the investigator. Further attempts to contact the woman – attending her residence, a subsequent phone call and a couriered letter – were also of to no avail. 

Director Martino said, “In the absence of the woman’s cooperation, the SIU is without foundation to proceed with an investigation of her purported injury.  Indeed, the SIU is unable to confirm the injury itself and whether it falls within the SIU’s statutory mandate. Accordingly, the investigation is hereby 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