News Release

No Basis to Lay Charges in Relation to Newmarket Arrest

Case Number: 19-OCI-006

Mississauga, ON (29 October, 2019) ---
On the afternoon of January 3, 2019, York Regional Police received a 911 call from a Newmarket LCBO store reporting a theft in progress. Officers were dispatched to investigate. Upon arriving in the area, an officer observed the man running on the street and followed him in his cruiser. Another officer ran toward the man and tackled him to the ground. The man was arrested. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any officer in relation to the serious injuries sustained by the man in the course of his apprehension – a dislodged front upper tooth and fracture to the back of his skull. 

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