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Man’s Injury in Kitchener Police Station Cell was Self-inflicted; SIU Closes File

Numéro du dossier: 19-OCI-122

Mississauga, ON (25 juin 2019) ---
The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury sustained earlier this month by a man while he was lodged in a Waterloo Regional Police Service cell.

On June 5, 2019, the man was lodged in a WRPS police station cell in Kitchener. Shortly after midnight, he punched the Plexiglas door with his right hand many times. His hand was checked and found to be swollen. The man was taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with having a fracture to the fifth metacarpal (pinky) on his right hand.  

Interim Director Martino said, “A cell video recording depicts the man punching the cell door upwards of 60 times with the outside of his right hand within a span of about five minutes. As it seems obvious based on the video recording that the man’s injury was self-inflicted and that he alone is to blame for it, the SIU’s investigation is hereby 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