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News Release

SIU Completes Probe into North Bay Man's Injuries

Case Number: 07-OCI-250

TORONTO (15 February, 2008) --- The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), James Cornish, has concluded that, "There are no reasonable grounds to believe that any of the North Bay Police Service (NBPS) officers involved in this matter committed any criminal offence."

The SIU assigned two investigators and a forensic investigator to probe the circumstances surrounding the injuries sustained by a 28-year-old North Bay man on December 15, 2007.

The SIU investigation determined that at 2:37 p.m. December 15, 2007, the NBPS was at a Main St. West address regarding a disturbance call. As a result of the investigation three officers moved in to arrest a man on a snow covered verandah of a home. When the officers attempted to take the man into custody he actively resisted the officers' attempts to take physical control of him. The officers began to "grapple' with the man in an attempt to control him. One officer delivered knee strikes to the man's lower body in an effort to gain his compliance. The man continued to struggle with the officers and eventually the man and one of the officers ended up face down on the floor of the verandah. The man was handcuffed and taken into custody. Both the man and the officer sustained non-life threatening injuries. They were both treated at hospital.

Director Cornish concluded, "The injury suffered by the man was unintentionally inflicted during the course of a lawful arrest where some use of force was justified. There is no reasonable basis to believe the amount of force used was unreasonable."

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. 

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SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342