News Release

No Grounds to Proceed with Charges in Relation to St. Catharines Arrest

Case Number: 19-OCI-030

Mississauga, ON (24 October, 2019) ---
In the evening hours of February 6, 2019, a 28-year-old man was arrested by Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) officers while in his residence in St. Catharines.  The man was subsequently taken to hospital and diagnosed with a fractured right rib. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a NRPS officer in relation to this incident.

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision):https://www.siu.on.ca/en/directors_reports.php. 

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