SIU terminates investigation into man’s foot injury in Mississauga

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The director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the arrest of a 29-year-old man in Mississauga. 

In a statement, Martino said evidence suggests the man's foot injury—for which he was treated in hospital—was not sustained during his arrest. 

The SIU statement says that shortly after 4:00 a.m. on April 24, 2020, police were called to investigate reports alleging that a man was damaging vehicles on Montevideo Road.

The SIU says that upon being confronted by an officer, the man refused to get on the ground and was subjected to two deployments from a conducted energy weapon (taser). 

The SIU says the second discharge felled the man, who was then handcuffed and taken into custody. 

The man was later taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with a foot injury.

In the statement, Martino said the man likely injured his foot prior to the arrest. 

"Prior to the arrival of police, the man had been stomping on some metal carts, following which his right foot was injured," Martino wrote. 

"As it is established on the foregoing record that the officer neither caused nor contributed to the man's injury in any fashion that could attract criminal liability, the SIU is without jurisdiction to investigate. Accordingly, the investigation is hereby discontinued, and the file is closed."

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.

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