Mississauga – On April 24, 2018, a man sustained a fracture to his wrist in the course of his apprehension and arrest after breaking into a garage in Kanata. While Interim Director Joseph Martino believed the man was injured when he was struck with a police baton, this did not constitute a criminal offence. As such, Interim Director Martino has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against an Ottawa Police Service officer.
The SIU is an arm’s length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault. Under the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU must
- consider whether an officer has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident under investigation
- depending on the evidence, lay a criminal charge against the officer if appropriate or close the file without any charges being laid
- report the results of any investigations to the Attorney General.