News Release

Woman’s Injury not Caused by Police Officers; SIU Terminates Belleville Investigation

Case Number: 20-OCI-060

Mississauga, ON (30 April, 2020) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the injury sustained last month by a 43-year-old woman in Belleville. 

At approximately 4:30 p.m. on March 14, 2020, the woman was arrested for theft by a security guard outside of a grocery store located at 400 Dundas Street East. Belleville Police Service officers arrived at the scene, took the woman into custody and transported her to the police station. The woman was later taken to hospital where she was diagnosed with a fractured left wrist.  

Director Martino said, “Based on the SIU’s preliminary inquiries, including a review of CCTV footage of the woman’s arrest by a security guard, it is apparent that the woman broke her wrist in the course of her interaction with the security guard. Accordingly, as there is patently nothing to investigate as far as the potential criminal liability of any police officer is concerned in connection with the woman’s injury, the SIU investigation is hereby discontinued, and the file is closed.”

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