SIU Discontinues Bracebridge Investigation


The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into an interaction that occurred in Bracebridge between OPP officers and a 43-year-old woman in October.

The SIU was made aware of the incident on December 11, 2020.

On October 31, 2020, the woman attended the hospital as she was experiencing a panic attack. When she walked outside to the ambulance bay parking area, she became involved in an interaction with two OPP officers. She later reported she had sustained serious injuries as a result of the interaction.

Investigators made repeated efforts to have the woman sign medical releases that would have allowed the SIU an avenue to verify the alleged injuries, but she refused to do so.

Director Martino said, “Based on the SIU’s preliminary inquiries, I am satisfied that the SIU investigation should be discontinued at this time. As the SIU is unable to confirm the nature and extent of the woman’s injuries, if any, the SIU is presently without jurisdiction to investigate this matter. The file, accordingly, is closed.”


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