TORONTO, Feb. 15 /CNW/ - 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
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 a civilian agency that investigates cases of serious injuries
(including allegations of sexual assault) and deaths involving the police.
Pursuant to section 113 of the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU is
mandated to consider whether a criminal offence has been committed by an
officer(s) in connection with the incident under investigation and, where
warranted by the evidence, to cause a criminal charge or charges to be laid
against the officer(s). The Director reports the results of investigations to
the Attorney General.
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For further information: Frank Phillips, SIU Communications, Service des
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