SIU Concludes Injuries Investigation in Otterville
Case Number: 14-PCI-033
- On that morning, the complainant’s wife called the police to their home in relation to a domestic matter.
- The subject officer and a witness officer arrived at the residence, spoke to the parties and decided to arrest the complainant for mischief.
- The complainant was handcuffed without incident; however, as the officers escorted him from the residence he began to act up.
- The arrest took place in the kitchen. As that was happening, the complainant’s wife left the kitchen and joined her children in the living room, closing a glass paned door behind her.
- As the complainant was being escorted past this living room door, the complainant kicked the glass out of the door.
- The subject officer reacted by taking the complainant to the ground.
- As he fell, the complainant struck his head against the front door.
- The complainant said that his head and neck were sore and the officers transported him to hospital to be examined.
- Several hours later, he was diagnosed with fractures to his vertebrae.
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
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