SIU terminates investigation into Hamilton police after man falls off balcony

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The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) announced Friday (June 18) that it terminated an investigation in a man’s fall from a balcony in Hamilton.

The incident occurred on May 2, 2021, after officers with the Hamilton Police Service responded to a call involving a 19-year-old male.

The male fell from a balcony and suffered undisclosed injuries while in the presence of police.

"Based on the SIU's preliminary inquiries, I am satisfied that there is patently nothing to investigate as far as the potential criminal liability of any police officer is concerned in connection with the man's injuries,” said SIU Director, Joseph Marino. “Whatever the reason for his course of action, it is evident that he alone is responsible for the injuries he incurred. Accordingly, the file is closed."

The SIU is an independent government agency that investigates the conduct of officials 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.

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