News Release

SIU Discontinues Investigation into Serious Injuries Suffered by Toronto Woman

Case Number: 21-TCI-292   

Mississauga, ON (18 October, 2021) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation of a 29-year-old woman’s broken her leg after an interaction with Toronto Police in east Toronto last month.

On the afternoon of September 5, 2021, the Toronto Police Service and paramedics were called to attend a residence on Hildenboro Square in Scarborough for a woman in crisis. Soon after their arrival, the woman quickly went through a set of sliding doors off the second-floor living room and jumped head-first from a balcony onto the driveway below. Paramedics transported the woman to hospital where she was treated for a fractured leg.

Based on the SIU’s preliminary inquiries, Director Martino concluded there was patently nothing to investigate as far as the potential criminal liability of any police officer was concerned in connection with the woman’s injury. 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, kristy.denette@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342