News Release

No Reasonable Grounds to Charge Police Officer in Relation to Welland Arrest

Case Number: 19-OCI-039

Mississauga, ON (14 November, 2019) ---
On February 18, 2019, Niagara Regional Police officers were dispatched to a home in Welland in relation to a domestic dispute. A confrontation ensued between an officer and a 64-year-old man. When the man attempted to bite the officer, the officer reacted by delivering two elbow strikes to the man’s head. Other officers arrived and placed the man under arrest. He was taken from the scene to hospital and diagnosed with multiple fractures and a collapsed lung. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges in this case.

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision): 

The SIU is a civilian agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or an allegation 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 investigations to the Attorney General.

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Monica Hudon,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342