SIU Terminates Greenstone Investigation

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GREENSTONE – NEWS – Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit has ended an investigation over an incident in Greenstone.

On March 18, 2022, the man was reportedly involved in a rollover collision after the vehicle he was operating travelled over a tire deflation device set up in Greenstone by Ontario Provincial Police officers. The man was sent to hospital based on concerns of a possible shoulder injury. He was ultimately diagnosed with a small air pocket between his lungs and bruising of connective tissue in his abdomen.

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated the investigation into the circumstances surrounding incident.
As neither of the man’s injuries constituted a ‘serious injury’ within the mandate of the SIU, the SIU was without jurisdiction to continue with the investigation. The file has been closed.

The SIU is an independent government agency that investigates the conduct of officials (police officers as well as special constables with the Niagara Parks Commission and peace officers with the Legislative Protective Service) 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. Under the Special Investigations Unit Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether the official has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, cause a criminal charge to be laid against the official where grounds exist for doing so, or close the file without any charges being laid
  • publicly report the results of its investigations