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Communiqué de presse

Lack of Cooperation by Woman Leads SIU to Close Brantford File

Numéro du dossier: 19-OCI-207

Mississauga, ON (17 octobre 2019) ---
The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the August 2019 apprehension of a 42-year-old woman by Brantford Police Service (BPS) officers.

On Wednesday, August 21, 2019, BPS officers apprehended the woman at her residence under the Mental Health Act and transported her to hospital. Two days later, the woman called BPS to report that she sustained an injury as a result of her apprehension.

When the SIU contacted the woman, she refused to speak to the investigator. Further attempts to contact the woman – attending her residence, a subsequent phone call and a couriered letter – were also of to no avail. 

Director Martino said, “In the absence of the woman’s cooperation, the SIU is without foundation to proceed with an investigation of her purported injury.  Indeed, the SIU is unable to confirm the injury itself and whether it falls within the SIU’s statutory mandate. Accordingly, the 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