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News Release

SIU Concludes Injuries Investigation in Kapuskasing

Case Number: 13-PCI-113

Mississauga (27 May, 2013) --- The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Ian Scott, has concluded that there are no reasonable grounds to charge any Kapuskasing Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer with a criminal offence in relation to the injuries sustained by a 39-year-old male earlier this month.

The SIU assigned three investigators to probe the circumstances of this incident. As part of the investigation, three witness officers and six civilian witnesses were interviewed. Neither of the two subject officers provided a statement or duty notes to the SIU, as is their legal right.

The SIU investigation found that the following events took place on Thursday, May 2, 2013:
• At approximately 11:45 p.m., the two subject officers and a witness officer responded to an assault call which took them to an apartment building at 16 O’Brien Street.
• Outside the apartment building, the officers saw the 39-year-old man and a woman in a nearby alleyway. The subject officers ran into the alleyway. The woman was lying motionless, and officers yelled at the man to get down on the ground. The man did not comply, and one of the subject officers pushed him to the ground. Both officers got on top of him. He continued to resist as he was handcuffed. 
• The man was lodged in the cells at the local OPP detachment where he complained of pain in his rib area. He was transported to the Sensenbrenner Hospital where he was diagnosed as sustaining a fracture of one and perhaps two of his left ribs. 

Director Scott said, “The subject officers had the lawful authority to arrest the man for assault – they received information that he was involved in a domestic assault and saw a woman on the ground close to him. Given his level of resistance and noncompliance during the arrest, I am of the view that the force used was not excessive, even though it probably caused his rib fractures.”     

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. Under the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether an officer has committed a criminal offence  in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, lay a criminal charge against the officer if appropriate or close the file without any charges being laid
  • report the results of any investigations to the Attorney General. 

Monica Hudon, monica.hudon@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342