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Man Sustained Injury after Punching Cell Door; SIU Discontinues Brantford Investigation

Numéro du dossier: 19-OCI-106

Mississauga, ON (10 juin 2019) ---
The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury sustained by a 41-year-old man last month in Brantford while he was lodged in a police station cell.

At approximately 8 p.m. on May 14, 2019, the man was arrested by Brantford Police Service (BPS) officers and transported to police headquarters. Following the booking process, the man was lodged in a cell. Shortly after being placed in the cell, the man punched the steel cell-door frame with his right fist. As a result, he was transported to hospital where he was diagnosed with a fractured metacarpal in his right hand.   

Interim Director Martino said, “Based on the SIU’s preliminary inquiries, it is evident that the man broke his right hand when, while housed in a cell of the BPS headquarters building, he punched the cell metal door frame. As the man alone is to blame for his injury, I am satisfied at this time that there is patently nothing to investigate as far as the potential criminal liability of any police officer is concerned. Accordingly, this investigation is discontinued and the file closed.”

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, 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