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No grounds to charge Niagara Regional Police officer after man injured in custody: SIU

Incident in question took place in February 2019
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In the evening hours of Feb. 6, 2019, a 28-year-old man was arrested by Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) officers while in his residence in St. Catharines. 

The man was subsequently taken to hospital and diagnosed with a fractured right rib. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a NRPS officer in relation to this incident.

Full Director’s Report (with incident narrative, evidence, and analysis and drector’s decision): here

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.