No Charges to Issue in Relation to Interaction between Man and Officer in Mississauga
(13 May, 2022) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that a Peel Regional Police (PRP) officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the injury suffered by a 35-year-old man in January in the course of their interaction.
On the morning of January 15, 2022, an officer was operating a cruiser in Mississauga when he noticed a Honda SUV with irregular licence plates. The officer followed the SUV into a parking structure, and pulled in front of the vehicle which was now parked. Through the front passenger side window of his vehicle, the officer explained that the man was not allowed to drive the Honda. The man approached the front passenger side window and spoke briefly with the officer, after which he ran eastward along the side of his parked Honda, jumping over the partition. Hobbled by the jump, the man limped slowly towards the lobby entrance doors of the apartment building. He was followed by the officer and ordered to stop. The man reached the lobby doors and managed to gain entrance despite the officer attempting to keep the doors closed. A physical altercation ensued. With the assistance of a second officer, the man was handcuffed. Paramedics arrived at the scene and transported the man to hospital, where he was diagnosed with a fractured left foot.
Director Martino determined there were no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer comported himself other than lawfully in connection with the circumstances surrounding the man’s injury. As there was no basis for proceeding with criminal charges in this case, the file has been closed.
The SIU is an independent government agency that investigates the conduct of officials (police officers as well as special constables with the Niagara Parks Commission and peace officers with the Legislative Protective Service) that may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault and/or the discharge of a firearm at a person. All investigations are conducted by SIU investigators who are civilians. Under the Special Investigations Unit Act, the Director of the SIU must
- consider whether the official has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident under investigation
- depending on the evidence, cause a criminal charge to be laid against the official where grounds exist for doing so, or close the file without any charges being laid
- publicly report the results of its investigations
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Kristy Denette, email@example.com
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES