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Communiqué de presse

SIU Discontinues Investigation into Injury Sustained by Man While in Brampton Courthouse Cell

Numéro du dossier: 19-OCI-093

Mississauga, ON (2 juillet 2019) ---
The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury sustained in April by a 29-year-old man.

On April 30, 2019, the man was lodged in a cell at the A. Grenville and William Davis Courthouse in Brampton. When the man used wet toilet paper to obscure the camera lens cover of the cell surveillance camera, special constables attended the cell and handcuffed the man. The special constables then departed the cell. A short time later, the man stood atop a privacy wall in the cell. As the special constables returned to the cell equipped with leg shackles, the man attempted to step onto a nearby bench. He fell, landing on his right arm on the edge of the bench. He was transported to hospital for treatment.

Interim Director Martino said, “Based on the SIU’s preliminary inquiries, which included a video recording of the events in question, it is evident that the man caused the fractured right shoulder he was reported to have suffered when he fell from his cell bench onto the floor of his cell. As it is manifestly clear at this time that no police officer caused or contributed to the man’s injury in any fashion that could attract criminal liability, 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