Joseph Martino

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Joseph Martino wrote : “there is no evidence that the risks created by the speeds were reflected in any demonstrable danger having been visited upon a nearby motorist or pedestrian,” External link

ottawacitizen Monday, July 6, 2020 8:21:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “it cannot be said that he drove the complainant into the roundabout given his significant deceleration as they approached the collision site,” External link

ottawacitizen Monday, July 6, 2020 8:21:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “there is no evidence that the risks created by the speeds were reflected in any demonstrable danger having been visited upon a nearby motorist or pedestrian,” External link

ottawacitizen Monday, July 6, 2020 7:06:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “it cannot be said that he drove the complainant into the roundabout given his significant deceleration as they approached the collision site,” External link

ottawacitizen Monday, July 6, 2020 7:06:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “By the time the (officer) delivered the blow, the complainant’s dogged and protracted resistance had managed to prevent a handful of officers from subduing him sufficiently to affix the handcuffs,” External link

ottawacitizen Saturday, July 4, 2020 12:02:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “By the time the (officer) delivered the blow, the complainant’s dogged and protracted resistance had managed to prevent a handful of officers from subduing him sufficiently to affix the handcuffs,” External link

ottawacitizen Friday, July 3, 2020 9:32:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : "Once the blow was struck, the officers were able to secure his arms and complete the process. No further force was used after the Complainant was in handcuffs," External link

CBC Friday, July 3, 2020 9:31:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “I am unable to reasonably conclude that the punch constituted excessive force. The complainant was inside a stolen vehicle that had just blown through a red light and plowed headlong into a civilian’s car,” “Considered in context, the officers had every right to be concerned that the occupants of the Honda were a danger to the public and bent on escaping police apprehension. In the circumstances, I cannot fault any of the officers for having punched the complainant and forced him to the ground when the complainant did not immediately remove himself from the vehicle and surrender” External link

cknw Friday, July 3, 2020 7:42:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “I am unable to reasonably conclude that the punch constituted excessive force. The complainant was inside a stolen vehicle that had just blown through a red light and plowed headlong into a civilian’s car,” “Considered in context, the officers had every right to be concerned that the occupants of the Honda were a danger to the public and bent on escaping police apprehension. In the circumstances, I cannot fault any of the officers for having punched the complainant and forced him to the ground when the complainant did not immediately remove himself from the vehicle and surrender” External link

globalnews Friday, July 3, 2020 7:16:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “While this strikes me as thin gruel, I am unable to reasonably conclude with confidence that the complainant’s arrest was unlawful,” External link

thewhig Wednesday, June 17, 2020 5:15:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “Based on the SIU’s preliminary inquiries, there is patently nothing to further investigate as far as the potential criminal liability of any police officer is concerned in connection with the man’s injury,” External link

globalnews Wednesday, June 10, 2020 8:18:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “The man’s injury occurred when he jumped from a fence and fell,” External link

barrie Friday, June 5, 2020 9:33:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : "When the complainant resisted his arrest by pulling free of the [subject officer's] hold, the officer was entitled to resort to a measure of force to take him into custody," "In my view, the takedown that followed, which does not appear to have been overly violent, was a reasonable tactic in the circumstances," External link

CBC Thursday, June 4, 2020 7:51:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “the officers conducted themselves professionally throughout and share in none of the responsibility for the (man’s) fateful decision” External link

TorontoStar Thursday, June 4, 2020 4:55:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : "While the [subject officer] is a part of that sad story because of the efforts she made to resuscitate him at the scene and pull over the driver moments before he caused the collision that took the complainant's life, there are no grounds to believe that the officer acted other than professionally throughout," External link

CBC Wednesday, June 3, 2020 7:11:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “For whatever reason, the complainant was on a violent rampage. Knife in hand, with a 20-centimetre blade, he had viciously attacked an innocent civilian — now deceased — and was in the middle of stabbing another,” External link

globalnews Monday, June 1, 2020 10:59:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “It is clear that the complainant was on the cusp of launching a knife attack on the subject officer when the officer fired his weapon. It is also clear that the subject officer had no other option if he was going to preserve himself from a potentially lethal attack,” External link

globalnews Monday, June 1, 2020 10:59:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “I am satisfied that the (officer) conducted himself reasonably and with due regard for the safety of other traffic in the vicinity,” “He quickly appreciated the speed with which the SUV was accelerating away from his cruiser and decided, wisely in my view, that his further involvement would needlessly add to the danger on the road” External link

TorontoStar Wednesday, May 27, 2020 8:54:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “I am satisfied that the (officer’s) apprehension of the danger that existed and the necessity of a resort to lethal force were reasonable in the circumstances,” External link

TorontoStar Thursday, May 21, 2020 9:39:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino asks : “Would it have been advisable to refrain from following the (SUV) at all?” External link

TorontoStar Wednesday, May 6, 2020 11:32:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “Following the SIU’s preliminary inquiries, in which the SIU attempted in vain to obtain a statement from the man, I am satisfied that there is an insufficient foundation from which to proceed with a full investigation of this matter,” “Indeed, in the absence of the man’s co-operation, the SIU cannot even access his medical records with which to confirm whether he even sustained a ‘serious injury’ for purposes of the SIU’s statutory jurisdiction. Accordingly, the SIU investigation is hereby discontinued” External link

simcoe Monday, May 4, 2020 10:56:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “Following the SIU’s preliminary inquiries, in which the SIU attempted in vain to obtain a statement from the man, I am satisfied that there is an insufficient foundation from which to proceed with a full investigation of this matter,” “Indeed, in the absence of the man’s co-operation, the SIU cannot even access his medical records with which to confirm whether he even sustained a ‘serious injury’ for purposes of the SIU’s statutory jurisdiction. Accordingly, the SIU investigation is hereby discontinued” External link

simcoe Monday, May 4, 2020 10:56:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “It should be noted that there is no indication that the SO (subject officer) ever actually endangered, by the manner of his driving, any third-party motorists on Hwy. 417,” “In fact, as soon as the SO determined that his pursuit may well have been ‘pushing’ Complainant No. 1, he immediately terminated and pulled to the shoulder. Unfortunately, the fact that the SO abandoned his efforts and allowed Complainant No. 1 to flee, did not alter Complainant No. 1’s apparent goal of killing himself by intentionally causing a head-on collision with other motor vehicles, as evidenced by his deliberate action of entering into the westbound lanes of traffic and driving head-on into oncoming traffic” External link

ottawacitizen Thursday, April 9, 2020 3:32:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “no reasonable grounds to believe that any of the officers present committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injuries,” External link

globalnews Tuesday, April 7, 2020 10:45:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “Notwithstanding the apparent responsibility for the collision, however, I am satisfied on balance that the manner in which the officer operated his police vehicle did not rise to the level necessary to meet the definition of dangerous driving,” “As such, no criminal charges will issue, and the file has been closed” External link

ottawacitizen Wednesday, April 1, 2020 12:40:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “In hindsight, the officers might better have been advised to use the spit mask and re-position the complainant given the risks associated with positional asphyxia,” External link

ottawacitizen Friday, March 6, 2020 11:56:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “In hindsight, the officers might better have been advised to use the spit mask and re-position the complainant given the risks associated with positional asphyxia,” External link

ottawacitizen Friday, March 6, 2020 11:46:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “Based on the SIU’s preliminary inquiries to date, I am satisfied there is patently nothing to investigate as far as the potential criminal liability of any police officer is concerned in relation to this incident,” External link

simcoe Monday, March 2, 2020 9:27:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : "Based on the information derived from these preliminary inquiries, it is evident that there is patently nothing to investigate as far as the potential criminal liability of any police officer is concerned in relation to the man's reported injury," External link

CBC Monday, March 2, 2020 3:04:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino states : "Rather, the injury is likely to have been self-inflicted in the course of one or the other of the man's falls, or both, captured by the recording," "In either event, as I am satisfied at this time that there is no question of criminal liability on the part of a police officer in connection with the man's injury, the investigation is hereby discontinued, and the file is closed" External link

CBC Monday, March 2, 2020 3:04:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : "There is no doubt that the officers who had dealings with the complainant during her time in custody were duty bound to care for her," External link

CBC Tuesday, February 25, 2020 9:30:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “I am unable to reasonably conclude that either subject officer acted unlawfully when they discharged their firearms at the Complainant,” External link

ottawacitizen Saturday, February 22, 2020 2:43:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : "One can reasonably infer that the officers would have perceived the object as capable of inflicting serious harm and possibly even death," External link

CBC Saturday, February 22, 2020 1:51:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino said : "The Complainant appears to have done little, if anything, wrong in relation to the accident, and I do not believe he saw the (subject officers') cruiser before entering the roadway," External link

barrie Wednesday, February 19, 2020 12:29:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino said : "While one may legitimately criticize the (subject officer) for the manner in which he operated his police cruiser in the moments leading to its collision with the Complainant and his snowmobile, I am unable to reasonably conclude that the officer’s conduct was so substandard as to amount to a marked deviation from a reasonable level of care. Accordingly, there are no grounds for proceeding with charges in this case and the file is therefore closed," External link

barrie Wednesday, February 19, 2020 12:29:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “Moments before his encounter with the police, the complainant had demonstrated a propensity for violence and irrational behaviour. He had carjacked a vehicle and crashed it in a grassy ditch as he attempted to enter the westbound lanes of Highway 417 from southbound Woodroffe Avenue,” External link

ottawacitizen Thursday, December 19, 2019 8:21:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : "I am unable to reasonably conclude that the [officer's] singular indiscretion represents a marked deviation from a reasonable level of care in the circumstances," "While I accept that the [officer] is responsible for the regrettable collision that resulted in the Complainant's injury, I am not satisfied on reasonable grounds that the officer's conduct was sufficiently wanting to attract criminal liability" External link

CBC Tuesday, December 17, 2019 3:18:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino responded : “I certainly would not try to interpret his meaning of certain words” External link

TorontoStar Monday, December 16, 2019 12:32:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino said : "I am unable to reasonably conclude that the [officer's] singular indiscretion represents a marked deviation from a reasonable level of care in the circumstances," "While I accept that the [officer] is responsible for the regrettable collision that resulted in the Complainant's injury, I am not satisfied on reasonable grounds that the officer's conduct was sufficiently wanting to attract criminal liability" External link

CBC Friday, December 13, 2019 11:22:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “That’s what I’m dealing with,” External link

TorontoStar Thursday, December 12, 2019 3:35:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “The law does not require that police officers engaged in dynamic and violent confrontations measure their responsive force with precision; what is required is a reasonable response, not an exacting one,” External link

simcoe Wednesday, December 4, 2019 1:13:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “There are issues with our image and the rift between trustees,” “I have to try and quell some of those issues” External link

TorontoStar Friday, November 29, 2019 6:31:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “I think there’s so much more we can, and should, be doing (for victims),” External link

TorontoStar Friday, November 29, 2019 2:58:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “You’ve just got to do the right thing, and, at the end of the day, apply your knowledge of the law,” External link

TorontoStar Friday, November 29, 2019 2:58:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “It tells everyone that the SIU has come of age,” External link

TorontoStar Friday, November 29, 2019 2:58:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “While one such strike may legitimately be considered a justifiable response to the complainant’s attempted bite of the officer’s hand, I am less convinced in the propriety of the second blow, particularly as it seems implausible to believe the officer remained at risk of being bitten at the time,” External link

globalnews Friday, November 15, 2019 11:54:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “He had information that the vehicle had been reported stolen and was entitled to seek to stop it to investigate a potential criminal offence,” External link

ottawacitizen Thursday, November 14, 2019 8:50:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “One can imagine that the (motorcyclist) might have been found, and medical care administered, far sooner than occurred had the officers expanded their search and/or brought other resources to bear to assist in their efforts, such as a police dog or aerial surveillance equipment,” External link

TorontoStar Friday, November 1, 2019 9:45:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “appears to have been confined to something less than 100 metres from the motorcycle’s location, during which they found nothing of note,” External link

TorontoStar Friday, November 1, 2019 8:27:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “One can imagine that the (motorcyclist) might have been found, and medical care administered, far sooner than occurred had the officers expanded their search and/or brought other resources to bear to assist in their efforts, such as a police dog or aerial surveillance equipment,” External link

TorontoStar Friday, November 1, 2019 8:27:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “Based on the information at their disposal, the officers had reasonable grounds to believe that the complainant had just attacked his mother with a knife,” “They were clearly within their rights in seeking to arrest him. Thereafter, I am satisfied that the force the officers used in effecting their purpose fell well within the range of what was reasonably necessary” External link

globalnews Wednesday, October 30, 2019 10:36:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “However, I do not believe this evidence on these points because its source was proven dishonest in recounting other material facts related to the (suspect’s) involvement in the incident,” “There is simply no basis to reasonably conclude that the (police officer) acted other than lawfully and professionally (and therefore) there are no grounds to proceed with charges in this case” External link

ottawacitizen Wednesday, October 30, 2019 8:52:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “exiting a building holding several items” External link

globalnews Tuesday, October 29, 2019 8:59:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino writes : “The subject officer and witness officer were clearly engaged in the exercise of their duties when they arrived at the Complainant’s residence and took up positions on the front lawn,” External link

barrie Friday, October 25, 2019 9:31:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : "The officers approached the scene cautiously and drew their CEWs, reasonably in my view, when they saw the Complainant with a bat on the front deck of his home," External link

CBC Friday, October 25, 2019 9:09:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : "I accept that the officers reasonably apprehended an imminent and lethal threat of force and acted reasonably to protect themselves by resorting to lethal force of their own," External link

CBC Friday, October 25, 2019 9:09:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “it would be unwise and unsafe to proceed with charges” External link

globalnews Friday, October 25, 2019 1:20:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “Drunk and infuriated with his estranged partner’s attempts to remove her daughter from his care, he went on a rampage,” External link

simcoe Thursday, October 24, 2019 7:05:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “Drunk and infuriated with his estranged partner’s attempts to remove her daughter from his care, he went on a rampage,” External link

simcoe Thursday, October 24, 2019 7:05:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “Drunk and infuriated with his estranged partner’s attempts to remove her daughter from his care, he went on a rampage,” External link

simcoe Thursday, October 24, 2019 7:05:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “There was no indication of any bullet penetration into the interior of the vehicle, nor did the SUV’s interior contain any blood,” External link

TorontoStar Thursday, October 24, 2019 4:20:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “Police officers are shielded from criminal liability for force used in the course of their duties, provided such force was reasonably necessary in the execution of an act that they were required or authorized to do by law,” External link

globalnews Wednesday, October 23, 2019 10:35:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “The evidence establishes that the complainant was out of control,” External link

globalnews Wednesday, October 23, 2019 10:35:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : "The [suspect] had clearly assaulted [the woman] and Subject Officer #1 was proceeding to lawfully arrest him for the offence when the struggle began," "The officer repeatedly told [him] he was under arrest and to stop resisting. When those calls went unheeded, [the officer] was entitled to escalate his level of force to effect his purpose" External link

CBC Wednesday, October 23, 2019 8:13:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “The spray backfired and struck the officer in the face, it appeared to have little effect on the (suspect),” External link

ottawacitizen Wednesday, October 23, 2019 8:00:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino added : “Accordingly, the investigation is hereby discontinued,” External link

simcoe Thursday, October 17, 2019 11:34:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “The officers were entitled to search the apartment, and to take steps to ensure their safety and the preservation of evidence in so doing,” “When the complainant challenged those propositions, he rendered himself subject to arrest for obstruction of justice, and the officers were within their rights in resorting to some force to take him into custody” External link

TorontoStar Thursday, October 17, 2019 10:20:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “In addition, the suggestion that the complainant was unaware from the outset that he was dealing with police officers conducting a search of his home seems implausible,” External link

TorontoStar Thursday, October 17, 2019 10:20:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “There are no grounds for proceeding with charges against any of the involved officers notwithstanding the injuries suffered by the complainant,” External link

TorontoStar Thursday, October 17, 2019 10:20:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “The officers were entitled to search the apartment, and to take steps to ensure their safety and the preservation of evidence in so doing,” “When the complainant challenged those propositions, he rendered himself subject to arrest for obstruction of justice, and the officers were within their rights in resorting to some force to take him into custody” External link

TorontoStar Thursday, October 17, 2019 9:33:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “In addition, the suggestion that the complainant was unaware from the outset that he was dealing with police officers conducting a search of his home seems implausible,” External link

TorontoStar Thursday, October 17, 2019 9:33:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “There are no grounds for proceeding with charges against any of the involved officers notwithstanding the injuries suffered by the complainant,” External link

TorontoStar Thursday, October 17, 2019 9:33:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “The officer was within his rights prescribed by criminal law during his engagement with the complainant,” External link

globalnews Wednesday, October 16, 2019 8:01:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “Police officers are immune from criminal liability for force used in the course of their duties provided such force is no more than is reasonably necessary in the execution of an act they are required or authorized by law to do,” External link

globalnews Wednesday, October 16, 2019 7:34:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “The (officer’s) assertions on these fronts, they must be taken with a grain of salt given they were not tested via an interview with SIU investigators,” External link

TorontoStar Wednesday, October 16, 2019 7:07:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “I am inclined to accept that the subject officer might well have placed his weight on the complainant with his knees as the latter lay prone on the ground,” External link

TorontoStar Wednesday, October 16, 2019 7:07:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino stated : "In conclusion, though it may well be that the [subject officer] caused the complainant's injury through the wrist lock he applied, the force in question was legally justified and there are therefore no grounds for proceeding with charges in this case," External link

CBC Wednesday, October 16, 2019 6:29:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “The (officer’s) assertions on these fronts, they must be taken with a grain of salt given they were not tested via an interview with SIU investigators,” External link

TorontoStar Wednesday, October 16, 2019 6:07:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “I am inclined to accept that the subject officer might well have placed his weight on the complainant with his knees as the latter lay prone on the ground,” External link

TorontoStar Wednesday, October 16, 2019 6:07:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino stated : “The pathologist determined the drug intoxication was a contributory factor to the complainant’s death, given the likelihood of impairment to the complainant’s judgment, his coordination and his swimming ability,” External link

globalnews Wednesday, October 16, 2019 1:47:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino concluded : “To those who might suggest that the officers should have entered the river to attempt a rescue, it would be asking too much, in my view, to have expected the officers to adopt that course of action,” External link

globalnews Wednesday, October 16, 2019 1:47:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino said : "Consequently, as it is apparent based on the SIU's preliminary inquiries that there is no potential criminal liability arising on the part of any police [officers] in connection with the man's period in custody and whatever injury he may have sustained as a result of his fall, the investigation is hereby discontinued, and the file closed," External link

CBC Saturday, October 12, 2019 11:13:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “I accept the evidence of the witnesses to the effect that the complainant attempted to fight with the officers while on his feet, and then struggled against their efforts after he had been grounded,” External link

globalnews Friday, October 11, 2019 11:21:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : "I am unable to reasonably conclude that this instance of aberrant behaviour on the part of the dog, if it be such, is the result or indicative of criminally negligent conduct on the part of the [subject officer] vis-à-vis the dog's deployment," "Accordingly, there are no grounds to proceed with charges in this case and the file is closed" External link

CBC Thursday, October 10, 2019 9:04:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : "It is unfortunate that the complainant suffered a fracture to his clavicle while being apprehended by the police, whether the result of being grounded or handcuffed," "However, as the force used by the officers was in my view legally justified, there are no grounds for proceeding with charges in this matter and the file is closed" External link

CBC Thursday, October 10, 2019 1:05:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : "As they talked, the [man] exited an elevator and turned to walk toward the rear exit of the building located on University Avenue," "He had two knives concealed on his person and was carrying a baseball bat in his jacket" External link

CBC Thursday, October 10, 2019 1:05:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : "As the complainant had just threatened his wife and was clearly of unsound mind at the time, the officer's apprehensions were well-founded," External link

CBC Thursday, October 10, 2019 1:05:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “While the number of bullets fired in the direction of the complainant undoubtedly constituted a significant level of lethal force, they would have occurred over a span of seconds, during which time, the evidence indicates, the complainant fired at least one additional shot beyond his initial volley,” “Moreover, though the complainant was injured as the result of the officer’s gunfire, the fact he was able to reverse his vehicle and then exit from it after it was over indicates he was not incapacitated by the (officer’s) discharges; that is to say, he remained a legitimate danger as long as he had access to the firearm” External link

TorontoStar Wednesday, October 9, 2019 9:54:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “reasonable belief that doing so was necessary to protect himself and his colleagues from a lethal threat,” “Consequently, there are no grounds to proceed with charges in this case” External link

TorontoStar Wednesday, October 9, 2019 9:54:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : "While there are aspects of the [subject officer's] conduct that are apt for legitimate criticism, I am not persuaded on reasonable grounds that the manner in which he drove was so substandard as to attract criminal liability," External link

CBC Wednesday, October 9, 2019 4:39:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “was highly agitated and completely unresponsive as the officers ... attempted to speak with her to defuse the situation,” External link

cp24 Tuesday, October 8, 2019 12:42:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “again ordered her to drop the knife and then, backing up, discharged his weapon four times,” External link

cp24 Tuesday, October 8, 2019 12:42:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “had a difficult decision to make and split seconds in which to make it,” “In fact, less than 30 seconds had expired from the moment (the officers) entered the apartment until shots were fired; the fact is the officers were embroiled in a rapidly developing situation without the luxury of time to consider their options” External link

cp24 Tuesday, October 8, 2019 12:42:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino stated : "The [woman] was not of sound mind at the time of the events in question," "She was under the influence of non-prescription drugs and upset with a domestic situation. Her behaviour deteriorated to the point where she attacked [a witness] with a hammer and armed herself with a knife which she used to harm herself and threaten others" External link

CBC Monday, October 7, 2019 10:32:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : "I accept that the (subject officer) genuinely and reasonably believed that shooting the complainant was necessary to protect him and his partner from loss of life or grievous bodily harm," External link

thespec Monday, October 7, 2019 10:23:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “When the complainant advanced toward the SO (Subject Officer) wielding a baseball bat, the officer had every reason to believe he was being assaulted and was entitled therefore to effect an arrest,” External link

globalnews Saturday, September 21, 2019 1:22:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino said : "The complainant had made it clear that he would not be taken peacefully," "He threatened the officers as they travelled east along Hasbrooke Drive and told them they better resort to real firearms if they had any chance of stopping him" External link

CBC Tuesday, September 3, 2019 9:37:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino reported : "the police dog was effectively a tool in the hands of his handler" External link

thespec Thursday, August 22, 2019 5:07:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : "I am satisfied there are no reasonable grounds to believe the (officer's) use of force was excessive or criminally negligent," External link

thespec Thursday, August 22, 2019 5:07:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “The police service dog had been trained to only bite a target’s arms and legs, not their face and neck,” External link

globalnews Wednesday, August 21, 2019 10:39:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino says : “It does not appear the man suffered a serious injury within the terms of the SIU’s statutory mandate,” “The Unit is without jurisdiction to proceed and the investigation is hereby discontinued” External link

barrie Friday, August 9, 2019 8:15:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “The officers did what they could to dissuade the complainant from harming himself,” External link

globalnews Thursday, August 8, 2019 10:41:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “While that decision proved unsuccessful in preventing the complainant’s jump, and may have provoked it, I am satisfied it was a reasonable tactic open to the officer given the exigencies of the situation,” External link

globalnews Thursday, August 8, 2019 10:41:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino says : “In the absence of a statement from the man, there is an insufficient basis from which to proceed with an investigation of the potential criminal liability of the officers involved in his arrest,” “Indeed, the SIU cannot even be certain of its jurisdiction in this matter as the man has refused to authorize the release of medical records that would confirm the nature of his injury” External link

barrie Thursday, July 25, 2019 12:16:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “Based on these preliminary inquiries, which have revealed no serious injury to an identifiable complainant, the SIU is without jurisdiction to continue its investigation and the file is hereby closed,” External link

TorontoStar Friday, July 12, 2019 4:16:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino added : “The pursuit had been terminated by the time the man lost control of his vehicle. On this record, it is evident that no police officer caused or contributed to the man’s collision in any fashion that could attract criminal liability. Consequently, the investigation is hereby discontinued and the file closed,” External link

thewhig Thursday, July 11, 2019 7:06:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino added : “The pursuit had been terminated by the time the man lost control of his vehicle. On this record, it is evident that no police officer caused or contributed to the man’s collision in any fashion that could attract criminal liability. Consequently, the investigation is hereby discontinued and the file closed,” External link

thewhig Wednesday, July 10, 2019 10:12:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino added : “The pursuit had been terminated by the time the man lost control of his vehicle. On this record, it is evident that no police officer caused or contributed to the man’s collision in any fashion that could attract criminal liability. Consequently, the investigation is hereby discontinued and the file closed,” External link

ottawacitizen Wednesday, July 10, 2019 7:12:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “While the pistol was, in fact, a starter pistol and incapable of firing live rounds, the SO (Subject Officer) could not have known that; at the time he fired his CEW and firearm,” External link

globalnews Tuesday, July 9, 2019 8:01:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “The (man) became increasingly agitated while the officers tried to convince him to come out,” External link

citynews-ca Friday, June 7, 2019 4:09:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “The (suspect) shot at the officers multiple times through the washroom wall and open door,” External link

citynews-ca Friday, June 7, 2019 4:09:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “Regrettably, the officers were unable to exit because the front door had been locked and could only be unlocked using a button accessible by the attendant, who had taken cover underneath a counter,” “The officers tried unsuccessfully to open the door for a few seconds and then the majority drew their firearms and pointed them in the direction of the washroom” External link

citynews-ca Friday, June 7, 2019 4:09:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “The (man) became increasingly agitated while the officers tried to convince him to come out,” External link

680news Friday, June 7, 2019 3:51:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “The (suspect) shot at the officers multiple times through the washroom wall and open door,” External link

680news Friday, June 7, 2019 3:51:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “Regrettably, the officers were unable to exit because the front door had been locked and could only be unlocked using a button accessible by the attendant, who had taken cover underneath a counter,” “The officers tried unsuccessfully to open the door for a few seconds and then the majority drew their firearms and pointed them in the direction of the washroom” External link

680news Friday, June 7, 2019 3:51:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “Regardless of which of the subject officers ultimately shot the Complainant, it is clear that none of the officers committed a criminal offence in relation to his death,” External link

globalnews Friday, June 7, 2019 12:54:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino concluded : “In the context of an arrest of a drug trafficker, where the officers harboured legitimate concerns about the presence of possible weapons and the destruction of evidence, the nature and extent of the force used was in my view measured and proportional to the task at hand,” External link

ottawacitizen Thursday, June 6, 2019 12:15:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino concluded : "In the absence of contrary reliable evidence, I accept that the complainant went to the ground on his own accord, put up some resistance when (an officer) attempted to handcuff him, was pinned to the ground by multiple police officers and then handcuffed," External link

thespec Friday, May 31, 2019 1:02:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino writes : “After reviewing (the) evidence, I believe that the complainant was injured when he was struck with the baton but that this action did not constitute a criminal offence,” External link

ottawacitizen Friday, May 24, 2019 9:23:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino says : “The cell video recording shows the man punching the cell door frame with his right hand, and quickly thereafter examining his right hand,” “As it is apparent that the man broke his own hand through no fault of anyone else, there is patently nothing further to investigate regarding the potential criminal liability of any police officer” External link

barrie Saturday, May 18, 2019 12:33:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “From a review of this evidence and for the reasons that follow, I am unable to find that the force used against the complainant was excessive and therefore have no reasonable grounds to believe that any police officer committed a criminal offence in relation to the complainant’s injury,” External link

thewhig Monday, May 6, 2019 8:59:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : "The evidence establishes that the complainant, for reasons relating to his inebriation and/or mental health issues at the time, intentionally lay down in front of the [officer's] SUV in the darkness and did not make the officer aware of his presence," External link

CBC Friday, May 3, 2019 7:46:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : "I have no hesitation in concluding that the shooting in question was justified in self-defence," External link

CBC Tuesday, November 22, 2016 10:59:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : "Of course, as the man was not actually armed with any weapons, the officer was mistaken in his assessment of the threat," "Be that as it may, his mistake, made in the heat of the moment with no time to take the man other than at his word, was entirely reasonable in the circumstances" External link

CBC Tuesday, November 22, 2016 10:59:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “While the woman was clearly not of sound mind at the time on the day in question, she clearly represented a real and present danger to herself and others,” External link

680news Wednesday, September 21, 2016 9:15:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “While the woman was clearly not of sound mind at the time on the day in question, she clearly represented a real and present danger to herself and others,” External link

torontosun Wednesday, September 21, 2016 9:13:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : "While the woman was clearly not of sound mind at the time on the day in question, she clearly represented a real and present danger to herself and others," External link

durhamregion Wednesday, September 21, 2016 8:03:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “The very fact that someone was struck by a bullet suggests the officer was less than careful,” External link

torontosun Saturday, September 17, 2016 4:50:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino said : "The very fact that someone was struck by a bullet suggests the officer was less than careful," External link

durhamregion Friday, September 16, 2016 11:46:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “The very fact that someone was struck by a bullet suggests the officer was less than careful,” External link

680news Friday, September 16, 2016 11:43:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : "The very fact that someone was struck by a bullet suggests the officer was less than careful," External link

timescolonist Friday, September 16, 2016 11:05:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : "There is nothing to indicate, for example, that the officer made contact with the man at any time during what was a very brief foot pursuit in a wooded area," External link

durhamregion Thursday, September 1, 2016 12:28:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “There is nothing to indicate, for example, that the officer made contact with the man at any time during what was a very brief foot pursuit in a wooded area,” External link

680news Thursday, September 1, 2016 12:25:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “It does not appear the officer had been operating his cruiser in a dangerous fashion prior to the collision. In fact, the officer had slowed and had just about come to a stop when the collision occurred,” External link

680news Wednesday, August 31, 2016 3:59:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino said : "It does not appear the officer had been operating his cruiser in a dangerous fashion prior to the collision. In fact, the officer had slowed and had just about come to a stop when the collision occurred," External link

CBC Wednesday, August 31, 2016 1:04:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino said : "It does not appear the officer had been operating his cruiser in a dangerous fashion prior to the collision. In fact, the officer had slowed and had just about come to a stop when the collision occurred," External link

durhamregion Wednesday, August 31, 2016 12:25:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino said : "I find there was very little if anything the officers did wrong," External link

CBC Tuesday, August 23, 2016 8:55:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “The subject officer took control of a dynamic and potentially dangerous situation, and handled it in a commendable fashion,” “He began by trying to calm down the man, and when it appeared that the man might resort to self-harm, he called for non-lethal use-of-force equipment. Neither the subject officer, nor any of the OPS officers present, did anything to exacerbate the situation or push the man towards self-harm” External link

ottawacitizen Friday, August 12, 2016 10:02:00 PM EAT



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Joseph Martino wrote : “there is no evidence that the risks created by the speeds were reflected in any demonstrable danger having been visited upon a nearby motorist or pedestrian,” External link

ottawacitizen Monday, July 6, 2020 8:21:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “it cannot be said that he drove the complainant into the roundabout given his significant deceleration as they approached the collision site,” External link

ottawacitizen Monday, July 6, 2020 8:21:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “there is no evidence that the risks created by the speeds were reflected in any demonstrable danger having been visited upon a nearby motorist or pedestrian,” External link

ottawacitizen Monday, July 6, 2020 7:06:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “it cannot be said that he drove the complainant into the roundabout given his significant deceleration as they approached the collision site,” External link

ottawacitizen Monday, July 6, 2020 7:06:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “By the time the (officer) delivered the blow, the complainant’s dogged and protracted resistance had managed to prevent a handful of officers from subduing him sufficiently to affix the handcuffs,” External link

ottawacitizen Saturday, July 4, 2020 12:02:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “By the time the (officer) delivered the blow, the complainant’s dogged and protracted resistance had managed to prevent a handful of officers from subduing him sufficiently to affix the handcuffs,” External link

ottawacitizen Friday, July 3, 2020 9:32:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : "Once the blow was struck, the officers were able to secure his arms and complete the process. No further force was used after the Complainant was in handcuffs," External link

CBC Friday, July 3, 2020 9:31:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “I am unable to reasonably conclude that the punch constituted excessive force. The complainant was inside a stolen vehicle that had just blown through a red light and plowed headlong into a civilian’s car,” “Considered in context, the officers had every right to be concerned that the occupants of the Honda were a danger to the public and bent on escaping police apprehension. In the circumstances, I cannot fault any of the officers for having punched the complainant and forced him to the ground when the complainant did not immediately remove himself from the vehicle and surrender” External link

cknw Friday, July 3, 2020 7:42:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “I am unable to reasonably conclude that the punch constituted excessive force. The complainant was inside a stolen vehicle that had just blown through a red light and plowed headlong into a civilian’s car,” “Considered in context, the officers had every right to be concerned that the occupants of the Honda were a danger to the public and bent on escaping police apprehension. In the circumstances, I cannot fault any of the officers for having punched the complainant and forced him to the ground when the complainant did not immediately remove himself from the vehicle and surrender” External link

globalnews Friday, July 3, 2020 7:16:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “While this strikes me as thin gruel, I am unable to reasonably conclude with confidence that the complainant’s arrest was unlawful,” External link

thewhig Wednesday, June 17, 2020 5:15:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “Based on the SIU’s preliminary inquiries, there is patently nothing to further investigate as far as the potential criminal liability of any police officer is concerned in connection with the man’s injury,” External link

globalnews Wednesday, June 10, 2020 8:18:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “The man’s injury occurred when he jumped from a fence and fell,” External link

barrie Friday, June 5, 2020 9:33:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : "When the complainant resisted his arrest by pulling free of the [subject officer's] hold, the officer was entitled to resort to a measure of force to take him into custody," "In my view, the takedown that followed, which does not appear to have been overly violent, was a reasonable tactic in the circumstances," External link

CBC Thursday, June 4, 2020 7:51:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “the officers conducted themselves professionally throughout and share in none of the responsibility for the (man’s) fateful decision” External link

TorontoStar Thursday, June 4, 2020 4:55:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : "While the [subject officer] is a part of that sad story because of the efforts she made to resuscitate him at the scene and pull over the driver moments before he caused the collision that took the complainant's life, there are no grounds to believe that the officer acted other than professionally throughout," External link

CBC Wednesday, June 3, 2020 7:11:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “For whatever reason, the complainant was on a violent rampage. Knife in hand, with a 20-centimetre blade, he had viciously attacked an innocent civilian — now deceased — and was in the middle of stabbing another,” External link

globalnews Monday, June 1, 2020 10:59:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “It is clear that the complainant was on the cusp of launching a knife attack on the subject officer when the officer fired his weapon. It is also clear that the subject officer had no other option if he was going to preserve himself from a potentially lethal attack,” External link

globalnews Monday, June 1, 2020 10:59:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “I am satisfied that the (officer) conducted himself reasonably and with due regard for the safety of other traffic in the vicinity,” “He quickly appreciated the speed with which the SUV was accelerating away from his cruiser and decided, wisely in my view, that his further involvement would needlessly add to the danger on the road” External link

TorontoStar Wednesday, May 27, 2020 8:54:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “I am satisfied that the (officer’s) apprehension of the danger that existed and the necessity of a resort to lethal force were reasonable in the circumstances,” External link

TorontoStar Thursday, May 21, 2020 9:39:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino asks : “Would it have been advisable to refrain from following the (SUV) at all?” External link

TorontoStar Wednesday, May 6, 2020 11:32:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “Following the SIU’s preliminary inquiries, in which the SIU attempted in vain to obtain a statement from the man, I am satisfied that there is an insufficient foundation from which to proceed with a full investigation of this matter,” “Indeed, in the absence of the man’s co-operation, the SIU cannot even access his medical records with which to confirm whether he even sustained a ‘serious injury’ for purposes of the SIU’s statutory jurisdiction. Accordingly, the SIU investigation is hereby discontinued” External link

simcoe Monday, May 4, 2020 10:56:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “Following the SIU’s preliminary inquiries, in which the SIU attempted in vain to obtain a statement from the man, I am satisfied that there is an insufficient foundation from which to proceed with a full investigation of this matter,” “Indeed, in the absence of the man’s co-operation, the SIU cannot even access his medical records with which to confirm whether he even sustained a ‘serious injury’ for purposes of the SIU’s statutory jurisdiction. Accordingly, the SIU investigation is hereby discontinued” External link

simcoe Monday, May 4, 2020 10:56:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “It should be noted that there is no indication that the SO (subject officer) ever actually endangered, by the manner of his driving, any third-party motorists on Hwy. 417,” “In fact, as soon as the SO determined that his pursuit may well have been ‘pushing’ Complainant No. 1, he immediately terminated and pulled to the shoulder. Unfortunately, the fact that the SO abandoned his efforts and allowed Complainant No. 1 to flee, did not alter Complainant No. 1’s apparent goal of killing himself by intentionally causing a head-on collision with other motor vehicles, as evidenced by his deliberate action of entering into the westbound lanes of traffic and driving head-on into oncoming traffic” External link

ottawacitizen Thursday, April 9, 2020 3:32:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “no reasonable grounds to believe that any of the officers present committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injuries,” External link

globalnews Tuesday, April 7, 2020 10:45:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “Notwithstanding the apparent responsibility for the collision, however, I am satisfied on balance that the manner in which the officer operated his police vehicle did not rise to the level necessary to meet the definition of dangerous driving,” “As such, no criminal charges will issue, and the file has been closed” External link

ottawacitizen Wednesday, April 1, 2020 12:40:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “In hindsight, the officers might better have been advised to use the spit mask and re-position the complainant given the risks associated with positional asphyxia,” External link

ottawacitizen Friday, March 6, 2020 11:56:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “In hindsight, the officers might better have been advised to use the spit mask and re-position the complainant given the risks associated with positional asphyxia,” External link

ottawacitizen Friday, March 6, 2020 11:46:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “Based on the SIU’s preliminary inquiries to date, I am satisfied there is patently nothing to investigate as far as the potential criminal liability of any police officer is concerned in relation to this incident,” External link

simcoe Monday, March 2, 2020 9:27:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : "Based on the information derived from these preliminary inquiries, it is evident that there is patently nothing to investigate as far as the potential criminal liability of any police officer is concerned in relation to the man's reported injury," External link

CBC Monday, March 2, 2020 3:04:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino states : "Rather, the injury is likely to have been self-inflicted in the course of one or the other of the man's falls, or both, captured by the recording," "In either event, as I am satisfied at this time that there is no question of criminal liability on the part of a police officer in connection with the man's injury, the investigation is hereby discontinued, and the file is closed" External link

CBC Monday, March 2, 2020 3:04:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : "There is no doubt that the officers who had dealings with the complainant during her time in custody were duty bound to care for her," External link

CBC Tuesday, February 25, 2020 9:30:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “I am unable to reasonably conclude that either subject officer acted unlawfully when they discharged their firearms at the Complainant,” External link

ottawacitizen Saturday, February 22, 2020 2:43:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : "One can reasonably infer that the officers would have perceived the object as capable of inflicting serious harm and possibly even death," External link

CBC Saturday, February 22, 2020 1:51:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino said : "The Complainant appears to have done little, if anything, wrong in relation to the accident, and I do not believe he saw the (subject officers') cruiser before entering the roadway," External link

barrie Wednesday, February 19, 2020 12:29:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino said : "While one may legitimately criticize the (subject officer) for the manner in which he operated his police cruiser in the moments leading to its collision with the Complainant and his snowmobile, I am unable to reasonably conclude that the officer’s conduct was so substandard as to amount to a marked deviation from a reasonable level of care. Accordingly, there are no grounds for proceeding with charges in this case and the file is therefore closed," External link

barrie Wednesday, February 19, 2020 12:29:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “Moments before his encounter with the police, the complainant had demonstrated a propensity for violence and irrational behaviour. He had carjacked a vehicle and crashed it in a grassy ditch as he attempted to enter the westbound lanes of Highway 417 from southbound Woodroffe Avenue,” External link

ottawacitizen Thursday, December 19, 2019 8:21:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : "I am unable to reasonably conclude that the [officer's] singular indiscretion represents a marked deviation from a reasonable level of care in the circumstances," "While I accept that the [officer] is responsible for the regrettable collision that resulted in the Complainant's injury, I am not satisfied on reasonable grounds that the officer's conduct was sufficiently wanting to attract criminal liability" External link

CBC Tuesday, December 17, 2019 3:18:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino responded : “I certainly would not try to interpret his meaning of certain words” External link

TorontoStar Monday, December 16, 2019 12:32:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino said : "I am unable to reasonably conclude that the [officer's] singular indiscretion represents a marked deviation from a reasonable level of care in the circumstances," "While I accept that the [officer] is responsible for the regrettable collision that resulted in the Complainant's injury, I am not satisfied on reasonable grounds that the officer's conduct was sufficiently wanting to attract criminal liability" External link

CBC Friday, December 13, 2019 11:22:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “That’s what I’m dealing with,” External link

TorontoStar Thursday, December 12, 2019 3:35:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “The law does not require that police officers engaged in dynamic and violent confrontations measure their responsive force with precision; what is required is a reasonable response, not an exacting one,” External link

simcoe Wednesday, December 4, 2019 1:13:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “There are issues with our image and the rift between trustees,” “I have to try and quell some of those issues” External link

TorontoStar Friday, November 29, 2019 6:31:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “I think there’s so much more we can, and should, be doing (for victims),” External link

TorontoStar Friday, November 29, 2019 2:58:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “You’ve just got to do the right thing, and, at the end of the day, apply your knowledge of the law,” External link

TorontoStar Friday, November 29, 2019 2:58:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “It tells everyone that the SIU has come of age,” External link

TorontoStar Friday, November 29, 2019 2:58:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “While one such strike may legitimately be considered a justifiable response to the complainant’s attempted bite of the officer’s hand, I am less convinced in the propriety of the second blow, particularly as it seems implausible to believe the officer remained at risk of being bitten at the time,” External link

globalnews Friday, November 15, 2019 11:54:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “He had information that the vehicle had been reported stolen and was entitled to seek to stop it to investigate a potential criminal offence,” External link

ottawacitizen Thursday, November 14, 2019 8:50:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “One can imagine that the (motorcyclist) might have been found, and medical care administered, far sooner than occurred had the officers expanded their search and/or brought other resources to bear to assist in their efforts, such as a police dog or aerial surveillance equipment,” External link

TorontoStar Friday, November 1, 2019 9:45:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “appears to have been confined to something less than 100 metres from the motorcycle’s location, during which they found nothing of note,” External link

TorontoStar Friday, November 1, 2019 8:27:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “One can imagine that the (motorcyclist) might have been found, and medical care administered, far sooner than occurred had the officers expanded their search and/or brought other resources to bear to assist in their efforts, such as a police dog or aerial surveillance equipment,” External link

TorontoStar Friday, November 1, 2019 8:27:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “Based on the information at their disposal, the officers had reasonable grounds to believe that the complainant had just attacked his mother with a knife,” “They were clearly within their rights in seeking to arrest him. Thereafter, I am satisfied that the force the officers used in effecting their purpose fell well within the range of what was reasonably necessary” External link

globalnews Wednesday, October 30, 2019 10:36:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “However, I do not believe this evidence on these points because its source was proven dishonest in recounting other material facts related to the (suspect’s) involvement in the incident,” “There is simply no basis to reasonably conclude that the (police officer) acted other than lawfully and professionally (and therefore) there are no grounds to proceed with charges in this case” External link

ottawacitizen Wednesday, October 30, 2019 8:52:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “exiting a building holding several items” External link

globalnews Tuesday, October 29, 2019 8:59:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino writes : “The subject officer and witness officer were clearly engaged in the exercise of their duties when they arrived at the Complainant’s residence and took up positions on the front lawn,” External link

barrie Friday, October 25, 2019 9:31:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : "The officers approached the scene cautiously and drew their CEWs, reasonably in my view, when they saw the Complainant with a bat on the front deck of his home," External link

CBC Friday, October 25, 2019 9:09:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : "I accept that the officers reasonably apprehended an imminent and lethal threat of force and acted reasonably to protect themselves by resorting to lethal force of their own," External link

CBC Friday, October 25, 2019 9:09:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “it would be unwise and unsafe to proceed with charges” External link

globalnews Friday, October 25, 2019 1:20:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “Drunk and infuriated with his estranged partner’s attempts to remove her daughter from his care, he went on a rampage,” External link

simcoe Thursday, October 24, 2019 7:05:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “Drunk and infuriated with his estranged partner’s attempts to remove her daughter from his care, he went on a rampage,” External link

simcoe Thursday, October 24, 2019 7:05:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “Drunk and infuriated with his estranged partner’s attempts to remove her daughter from his care, he went on a rampage,” External link

simcoe Thursday, October 24, 2019 7:05:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “There was no indication of any bullet penetration into the interior of the vehicle, nor did the SUV’s interior contain any blood,” External link

TorontoStar Thursday, October 24, 2019 4:20:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “Police officers are shielded from criminal liability for force used in the course of their duties, provided such force was reasonably necessary in the execution of an act that they were required or authorized to do by law,” External link

globalnews Wednesday, October 23, 2019 10:35:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “The evidence establishes that the complainant was out of control,” External link

globalnews Wednesday, October 23, 2019 10:35:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : "The [suspect] had clearly assaulted [the woman] and Subject Officer #1 was proceeding to lawfully arrest him for the offence when the struggle began," "The officer repeatedly told [him] he was under arrest and to stop resisting. When those calls went unheeded, [the officer] was entitled to escalate his level of force to effect his purpose" External link

CBC Wednesday, October 23, 2019 8:13:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “The spray backfired and struck the officer in the face, it appeared to have little effect on the (suspect),” External link

ottawacitizen Wednesday, October 23, 2019 8:00:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino added : “Accordingly, the investigation is hereby discontinued,” External link

simcoe Thursday, October 17, 2019 11:34:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “The officers were entitled to search the apartment, and to take steps to ensure their safety and the preservation of evidence in so doing,” “When the complainant challenged those propositions, he rendered himself subject to arrest for obstruction of justice, and the officers were within their rights in resorting to some force to take him into custody” External link

TorontoStar Thursday, October 17, 2019 10:20:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “In addition, the suggestion that the complainant was unaware from the outset that he was dealing with police officers conducting a search of his home seems implausible,” External link

TorontoStar Thursday, October 17, 2019 10:20:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “There are no grounds for proceeding with charges against any of the involved officers notwithstanding the injuries suffered by the complainant,” External link

TorontoStar Thursday, October 17, 2019 10:20:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “The officers were entitled to search the apartment, and to take steps to ensure their safety and the preservation of evidence in so doing,” “When the complainant challenged those propositions, he rendered himself subject to arrest for obstruction of justice, and the officers were within their rights in resorting to some force to take him into custody” External link

TorontoStar Thursday, October 17, 2019 9:33:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “In addition, the suggestion that the complainant was unaware from the outset that he was dealing with police officers conducting a search of his home seems implausible,” External link

TorontoStar Thursday, October 17, 2019 9:33:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “There are no grounds for proceeding with charges against any of the involved officers notwithstanding the injuries suffered by the complainant,” External link

TorontoStar Thursday, October 17, 2019 9:33:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “The officer was within his rights prescribed by criminal law during his engagement with the complainant,” External link

globalnews Wednesday, October 16, 2019 8:01:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “Police officers are immune from criminal liability for force used in the course of their duties provided such force is no more than is reasonably necessary in the execution of an act they are required or authorized by law to do,” External link

globalnews Wednesday, October 16, 2019 7:34:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “The (officer’s) assertions on these fronts, they must be taken with a grain of salt given they were not tested via an interview with SIU investigators,” External link

TorontoStar Wednesday, October 16, 2019 7:07:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “I am inclined to accept that the subject officer might well have placed his weight on the complainant with his knees as the latter lay prone on the ground,” External link

TorontoStar Wednesday, October 16, 2019 7:07:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino stated : "In conclusion, though it may well be that the [subject officer] caused the complainant's injury through the wrist lock he applied, the force in question was legally justified and there are therefore no grounds for proceeding with charges in this case," External link

CBC Wednesday, October 16, 2019 6:29:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “The (officer’s) assertions on these fronts, they must be taken with a grain of salt given they were not tested via an interview with SIU investigators,” External link

TorontoStar Wednesday, October 16, 2019 6:07:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “I am inclined to accept that the subject officer might well have placed his weight on the complainant with his knees as the latter lay prone on the ground,” External link

TorontoStar Wednesday, October 16, 2019 6:07:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino stated : “The pathologist determined the drug intoxication was a contributory factor to the complainant’s death, given the likelihood of impairment to the complainant’s judgment, his coordination and his swimming ability,” External link

globalnews Wednesday, October 16, 2019 1:47:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino concluded : “To those who might suggest that the officers should have entered the river to attempt a rescue, it would be asking too much, in my view, to have expected the officers to adopt that course of action,” External link

globalnews Wednesday, October 16, 2019 1:47:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino said : "Consequently, as it is apparent based on the SIU's preliminary inquiries that there is no potential criminal liability arising on the part of any police [officers] in connection with the man's period in custody and whatever injury he may have sustained as a result of his fall, the investigation is hereby discontinued, and the file closed," External link

CBC Saturday, October 12, 2019 11:13:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “I accept the evidence of the witnesses to the effect that the complainant attempted to fight with the officers while on his feet, and then struggled against their efforts after he had been grounded,” External link

globalnews Friday, October 11, 2019 11:21:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : "I am unable to reasonably conclude that this instance of aberrant behaviour on the part of the dog, if it be such, is the result or indicative of criminally negligent conduct on the part of the [subject officer] vis-à-vis the dog's deployment," "Accordingly, there are no grounds to proceed with charges in this case and the file is closed" External link

CBC Thursday, October 10, 2019 9:04:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : "It is unfortunate that the complainant suffered a fracture to his clavicle while being apprehended by the police, whether the result of being grounded or handcuffed," "However, as the force used by the officers was in my view legally justified, there are no grounds for proceeding with charges in this matter and the file is closed" External link

CBC Thursday, October 10, 2019 1:05:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : "As they talked, the [man] exited an elevator and turned to walk toward the rear exit of the building located on University Avenue," "He had two knives concealed on his person and was carrying a baseball bat in his jacket" External link

CBC Thursday, October 10, 2019 1:05:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : "As the complainant had just threatened his wife and was clearly of unsound mind at the time, the officer's apprehensions were well-founded," External link

CBC Thursday, October 10, 2019 1:05:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “While the number of bullets fired in the direction of the complainant undoubtedly constituted a significant level of lethal force, they would have occurred over a span of seconds, during which time, the evidence indicates, the complainant fired at least one additional shot beyond his initial volley,” “Moreover, though the complainant was injured as the result of the officer’s gunfire, the fact he was able to reverse his vehicle and then exit from it after it was over indicates he was not incapacitated by the (officer’s) discharges; that is to say, he remained a legitimate danger as long as he had access to the firearm” External link

TorontoStar Wednesday, October 9, 2019 9:54:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “reasonable belief that doing so was necessary to protect himself and his colleagues from a lethal threat,” “Consequently, there are no grounds to proceed with charges in this case” External link

TorontoStar Wednesday, October 9, 2019 9:54:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : "While there are aspects of the [subject officer's] conduct that are apt for legitimate criticism, I am not persuaded on reasonable grounds that the manner in which he drove was so substandard as to attract criminal liability," External link

CBC Wednesday, October 9, 2019 4:39:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “was highly agitated and completely unresponsive as the officers ... attempted to speak with her to defuse the situation,” External link

cp24 Tuesday, October 8, 2019 12:42:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “again ordered her to drop the knife and then, backing up, discharged his weapon four times,” External link

cp24 Tuesday, October 8, 2019 12:42:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “had a difficult decision to make and split seconds in which to make it,” “In fact, less than 30 seconds had expired from the moment (the officers) entered the apartment until shots were fired; the fact is the officers were embroiled in a rapidly developing situation without the luxury of time to consider their options” External link

cp24 Tuesday, October 8, 2019 12:42:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino stated : "The [woman] was not of sound mind at the time of the events in question," "She was under the influence of non-prescription drugs and upset with a domestic situation. Her behaviour deteriorated to the point where she attacked [a witness] with a hammer and armed herself with a knife which she used to harm herself and threaten others" External link

CBC Monday, October 7, 2019 10:32:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : "I accept that the (subject officer) genuinely and reasonably believed that shooting the complainant was necessary to protect him and his partner from loss of life or grievous bodily harm," External link

thespec Monday, October 7, 2019 10:23:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “When the complainant advanced toward the SO (Subject Officer) wielding a baseball bat, the officer had every reason to believe he was being assaulted and was entitled therefore to effect an arrest,” External link

globalnews Saturday, September 21, 2019 1:22:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino said : "The complainant had made it clear that he would not be taken peacefully," "He threatened the officers as they travelled east along Hasbrooke Drive and told them they better resort to real firearms if they had any chance of stopping him" External link

CBC Tuesday, September 3, 2019 9:37:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino reported : "the police dog was effectively a tool in the hands of his handler" External link

thespec Thursday, August 22, 2019 5:07:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : "I am satisfied there are no reasonable grounds to believe the (officer's) use of force was excessive or criminally negligent," External link

thespec Thursday, August 22, 2019 5:07:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “The police service dog had been trained to only bite a target’s arms and legs, not their face and neck,” External link

globalnews Wednesday, August 21, 2019 10:39:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino says : “It does not appear the man suffered a serious injury within the terms of the SIU’s statutory mandate,” “The Unit is without jurisdiction to proceed and the investigation is hereby discontinued” External link

barrie Friday, August 9, 2019 8:15:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “The officers did what they could to dissuade the complainant from harming himself,” External link

globalnews Thursday, August 8, 2019 10:41:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “While that decision proved unsuccessful in preventing the complainant’s jump, and may have provoked it, I am satisfied it was a reasonable tactic open to the officer given the exigencies of the situation,” External link

globalnews Thursday, August 8, 2019 10:41:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino says : “In the absence of a statement from the man, there is an insufficient basis from which to proceed with an investigation of the potential criminal liability of the officers involved in his arrest,” “Indeed, the SIU cannot even be certain of its jurisdiction in this matter as the man has refused to authorize the release of medical records that would confirm the nature of his injury” External link

barrie Thursday, July 25, 2019 12:16:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “Based on these preliminary inquiries, which have revealed no serious injury to an identifiable complainant, the SIU is without jurisdiction to continue its investigation and the file is hereby closed,” External link

TorontoStar Friday, July 12, 2019 4:16:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino added : “The pursuit had been terminated by the time the man lost control of his vehicle. On this record, it is evident that no police officer caused or contributed to the man’s collision in any fashion that could attract criminal liability. Consequently, the investigation is hereby discontinued and the file closed,” External link

thewhig Thursday, July 11, 2019 7:06:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino added : “The pursuit had been terminated by the time the man lost control of his vehicle. On this record, it is evident that no police officer caused or contributed to the man’s collision in any fashion that could attract criminal liability. Consequently, the investigation is hereby discontinued and the file closed,” External link

thewhig Wednesday, July 10, 2019 10:12:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino added : “The pursuit had been terminated by the time the man lost control of his vehicle. On this record, it is evident that no police officer caused or contributed to the man’s collision in any fashion that could attract criminal liability. Consequently, the investigation is hereby discontinued and the file closed,” External link

ottawacitizen Wednesday, July 10, 2019 7:12:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “While the pistol was, in fact, a starter pistol and incapable of firing live rounds, the SO (Subject Officer) could not have known that; at the time he fired his CEW and firearm,” External link

globalnews Tuesday, July 9, 2019 8:01:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “The (man) became increasingly agitated while the officers tried to convince him to come out,” External link

citynews-ca Friday, June 7, 2019 4:09:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “The (suspect) shot at the officers multiple times through the washroom wall and open door,” External link

citynews-ca Friday, June 7, 2019 4:09:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “Regrettably, the officers were unable to exit because the front door had been locked and could only be unlocked using a button accessible by the attendant, who had taken cover underneath a counter,” “The officers tried unsuccessfully to open the door for a few seconds and then the majority drew their firearms and pointed them in the direction of the washroom” External link

citynews-ca Friday, June 7, 2019 4:09:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “The (man) became increasingly agitated while the officers tried to convince him to come out,” External link

680news Friday, June 7, 2019 3:51:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “The (suspect) shot at the officers multiple times through the washroom wall and open door,” External link

680news Friday, June 7, 2019 3:51:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “Regrettably, the officers were unable to exit because the front door had been locked and could only be unlocked using a button accessible by the attendant, who had taken cover underneath a counter,” “The officers tried unsuccessfully to open the door for a few seconds and then the majority drew their firearms and pointed them in the direction of the washroom” External link

680news Friday, June 7, 2019 3:51:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “Regardless of which of the subject officers ultimately shot the Complainant, it is clear that none of the officers committed a criminal offence in relation to his death,” External link

globalnews Friday, June 7, 2019 12:54:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino concluded : “In the context of an arrest of a drug trafficker, where the officers harboured legitimate concerns about the presence of possible weapons and the destruction of evidence, the nature and extent of the force used was in my view measured and proportional to the task at hand,” External link

ottawacitizen Thursday, June 6, 2019 12:15:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino concluded : "In the absence of contrary reliable evidence, I accept that the complainant went to the ground on his own accord, put up some resistance when (an officer) attempted to handcuff him, was pinned to the ground by multiple police officers and then handcuffed," External link

thespec Friday, May 31, 2019 1:02:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino writes : “After reviewing (the) evidence, I believe that the complainant was injured when he was struck with the baton but that this action did not constitute a criminal offence,” External link

ottawacitizen Friday, May 24, 2019 9:23:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino says : “The cell video recording shows the man punching the cell door frame with his right hand, and quickly thereafter examining his right hand,” “As it is apparent that the man broke his own hand through no fault of anyone else, there is patently nothing further to investigate regarding the potential criminal liability of any police officer” External link

barrie Saturday, May 18, 2019 12:33:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “From a review of this evidence and for the reasons that follow, I am unable to find that the force used against the complainant was excessive and therefore have no reasonable grounds to believe that any police officer committed a criminal offence in relation to the complainant’s injury,” External link

thewhig Monday, May 6, 2019 8:59:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : "The evidence establishes that the complainant, for reasons relating to his inebriation and/or mental health issues at the time, intentionally lay down in front of the [officer's] SUV in the darkness and did not make the officer aware of his presence," External link

CBC Friday, May 3, 2019 7:46:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : "I have no hesitation in concluding that the shooting in question was justified in self-defence," External link

CBC Tuesday, November 22, 2016 10:59:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : "Of course, as the man was not actually armed with any weapons, the officer was mistaken in his assessment of the threat," "Be that as it may, his mistake, made in the heat of the moment with no time to take the man other than at his word, was entirely reasonable in the circumstances" External link

CBC Tuesday, November 22, 2016 10:59:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “While the woman was clearly not of sound mind at the time on the day in question, she clearly represented a real and present danger to herself and others,” External link

680news Wednesday, September 21, 2016 9:15:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “While the woman was clearly not of sound mind at the time on the day in question, she clearly represented a real and present danger to herself and others,” External link

torontosun Wednesday, September 21, 2016 9:13:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : "While the woman was clearly not of sound mind at the time on the day in question, she clearly represented a real and present danger to herself and others," External link

durhamregion Wednesday, September 21, 2016 8:03:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “The very fact that someone was struck by a bullet suggests the officer was less than careful,” External link

torontosun Saturday, September 17, 2016 4:50:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino said : "The very fact that someone was struck by a bullet suggests the officer was less than careful," External link

durhamregion Friday, September 16, 2016 11:46:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “The very fact that someone was struck by a bullet suggests the officer was less than careful,” External link

680news Friday, September 16, 2016 11:43:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : "The very fact that someone was struck by a bullet suggests the officer was less than careful," External link

timescolonist Friday, September 16, 2016 11:05:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino said : "There is nothing to indicate, for example, that the officer made contact with the man at any time during what was a very brief foot pursuit in a wooded area," External link

durhamregion Thursday, September 1, 2016 12:28:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “There is nothing to indicate, for example, that the officer made contact with the man at any time during what was a very brief foot pursuit in a wooded area,” External link

680news Thursday, September 1, 2016 12:25:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino said : “It does not appear the officer had been operating his cruiser in a dangerous fashion prior to the collision. In fact, the officer had slowed and had just about come to a stop when the collision occurred,” External link

680news Wednesday, August 31, 2016 3:59:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino said : "It does not appear the officer had been operating his cruiser in a dangerous fashion prior to the collision. In fact, the officer had slowed and had just about come to a stop when the collision occurred," External link

CBC Wednesday, August 31, 2016 1:04:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino said : "It does not appear the officer had been operating his cruiser in a dangerous fashion prior to the collision. In fact, the officer had slowed and had just about come to a stop when the collision occurred," External link

durhamregion Wednesday, August 31, 2016 12:25:00 AM EAT

Joseph Martino said : "I find there was very little if anything the officers did wrong," External link

CBC Tuesday, August 23, 2016 8:55:00 PM EAT

Joseph Martino wrote : “The subject officer took control of a dynamic and potentially dangerous situation, and handled it in a commendable fashion,” “He began by trying to calm down the man, and when it appeared that the man might resort to self-harm, he called for non-lethal use-of-force equipment. Neither the subject officer, nor any of the OPS officers present, did anything to exacerbate the situation or push the man towards self-harm” External link

ottawacitizen Friday, August 12, 2016 10:02:00 PM EAT



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