(FORT FRANCES, ON) – The Acting Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into an incident involving a 28-year-old man and officers with the Ontario Provincial Police Rainy River detachment.
On the evening of July 2, 2018, officers arrested the man at a home in Fort Frances in relation to a domestic situation. The next day, during a court appearance, the man was seated in the prisoner’s box when he became agitated and then purposefully struck his head on the prisoner box railing causing his head to bleed.
Two officers were standing several feet away from him on either side of the prisoner box. One of the officers was able to intervene and prevent any further injury. The man was taken to La Verendyre Hospital for examination of a possible head injury.
Acting Director Martino said, “The medical evidence received by the SIU indicates the man suffered a non-serious injury. Further, the evidence from persons present at the time is uncontested that the injury was self-inflicted. Accordingly, I have terminated the investigation into this incident.”
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.
Source: SIU News Release