Communiqué de presse

Officers Did Not Cause or Contribute to Man’s Falling Injuries; SIU Terminates North Bay Investigation

Numéro du dossier: 19-OCI-151   

Mississauga, ON (25 juillet 2019) ---
The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the injury sustained by a 54-year-old man last month in North Bay.

On the night of June 26, 2019, a 911 telephone call was made to the North Bay Police Service, but the caller hung up. Prior to the call being ended, the 911 dispatcher heard screaming in the background resulting in officers being dispatched. On arrival at the Main Street West address, officers heard what appeared to be a domestic dispute taking place inside the second-floor apartment. The police officers knocked on the apartment door, but it was not answered.  At the same time that the officers kicked open the apartment door, a 54-year-old man jumped out of his bedroom window to the ground below. 

Interim Director Martino said, “Based on the SIU’s preliminary inquiries, it is apparent that the man jumped of his own volition as officers entered the residence. While the officers’ presence prompted the man’s drastic recourse, they were lawfully inside the residence to ensure the wellbeing of its residence: see R v Godoy, [1999] 1 SCR 311. In the circumstances, as it is evident that the officers neither caused nor contributed to the man’s injury in any fashion that could attract criminal liability, there is patently nothing further to investigate, and the file is closed.”

L'UES est un organisme gouvernemental indépendant qui enquête sur la conduite d'agents (agents de police, agents spéciaux de la Commission des parcs du Niagara et agents de la paix du Service de sécurité de l'Assemblée législative) qui pourrait avoir entraîné un décès, une blessure grave, une agression sexuelle ou la décharge d'une arme à feu contre une personne. Toutes les enquêtes sont menées par des enquêteurs de l'UES qui sont des civils. En vertu de la Loi sur l'Unité des enquêtes spéciales, le directeur de l'UES doit :

  • considérer si un agent a commis une infraction criminelle en lien avec l'incident faisant l'objet de l'enquête;
  • selon le dossier de preuve, faire porter une accusation criminelle contre l'agent, s'il existe des motifs de le faire, ou clôre le dossier sans faire porter d'accusations;
  • rendre compte publiquement des résultats de ses enquêtes.

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