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SIU Investigation Determines Police Did Nothing to Cause or Contribute to Man’s Death; Bolton Investigation Terminated

Numéro du dossier: 18-PCD-222

Mississauga, ON (7 septembre 2018) ---
The Acting Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the death of a 43-year-old man in July of 2018.

At approximately 1:50 p.m. on July 23, 2018, an officer with the Ontario Provincial Police Caledon detachment attended the Giant Tiger store parking lot on Queen Street South in Bolton after receiving a call about a man inhaling a substance in a vehicle. The officer located the man in a vehicle, and quickly realizing that the man was in need of medical attention, the officer requested an ambulance. Upon their arrival, paramedics took control of the man’s care. The man was conscious and breathing at this time, and responded to questions from the paramedics. The man was subsequently transported to hospital for treatment. At about 4:30 p.m., the man was pronounced dead.

Acting Director Martino said, “While the cause of the man’s death has yet to be determined, it is evident on the record that the police did nothing to cause or contribute to his demise, much less is there any question following the SIU’s preliminary inquiries of any want of care on the part of the police prior to the paramedics’ arrival that could conceivably attract criminal liability. Accordingly, this investigation is terminated.”

L’UES est un organisme indépendant qui enquête sur des rapports d’incidents impliquant des policiers et qui ont causé la mort ou une blessure grave, ou qui comportent des allégations d’agression sexuelle. En vertu de la Loi sur les services policiers, le directeur de l’UES est tenu :

  • de déterminer si un policier a commis un acte criminel lié à l’incident faisant l’objet de l’enquête;
  • compte tenu des éléments de preuve, de déposer une accusation au criminel contre le policier, le cas échéant, ou de fermer le dossier sans déposer un chef d’accusation;
  • de faire rapport des résultats de toute enquête au procureur général.

Read this news release in English.

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