SIU clears Orillia OPP officer after suspect sustained broke

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SIU clears Orillia OPP officer after suspect sustained broke

Postby Thomas » Fri Dec 24, 2021 3:39 am

SIU clears Orillia OPP officer after suspect sustained broken ribs

The SIU determined the man resisted arrest and 'was met by a knee strike' delivered by an officer during the incident this summer on Front Street

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that an Ontario Provincial Police officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the broken ribs suffered by a 41-year-old man during his arrest in Orillia last August.

On Aug. 29, 2021, two officers sought to arrest the man for breaching his release conditions. The man was spotted riding a bicycle in the area of Front Street South.

He attempted to elude officers and was forced to the ground, where he continued to resist and was met by a knee strike to the left side delivered by an officer. The officers were able to control his arms and handcuff him. The man was subsequently diagnosed with two left-sided rib fractures.

Director Martino accepted that the force used by the subject official broke the man’s ribs; however, there were no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer comported himself other than lawfully throughout their engagement. 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. ... bs-4894281
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