MISSISSAUGA, ON, May 15 /CNW/ - The Director of the Special
Investigations Unit (SIU) Ian Scott has concluded that there are no reasonable
grounds to believe that an officer of the Niagara Regional Police Service
(NRPS) committed any criminal offence in relation to the death of an 18 year
old Grimsby man in September 2008.
The SIU assigned five investigators and three forensic investigators to
probe the circumstances of this case.
The SIU investigation determined that shortly before midnight on Saturday
September 20, 2008, NRPS officers responded to Woodsview Avenue in Grimsby in
regards to a citizen's call about a man allegedly breaking into vehicles along
the street. When officers arrived, they found a member of the public holding
Mr. Dan Kindree. Mr. Kindree was taken into custody by police and handcuffed.
An ambulance was summoned when it became apparent that Mr. Kindree was in
medical distress. He was taken to West Lincoln Memorial Hospital by ambulance
where he later died.
Director Scott said, "On September 20, 2008, eighteen year old Dan
Kindree was observed behaving in an unusual manner and talking gibberish. A
number of area residents saw him trying to get into cars that were parked in
the area. A citizen grabbed Mr. Kindree and took him to the ground. Mr.
Kindree was held on the ground for approximately five minutes before police
arrived. During this time Mr. Kindree went limp. The subject officer arrived
and handcuffed Mr. Kindree. A sergeant arrived and tried to speak to Mr.
Kindree, but Mr. Kindree was unresponsive. Officers began CPR and an ambulance
was called. An ambulance arrived and Mr. Kindree was taken to hospital where
he was pronounced dead."
Director Scott added, "While Mr. Kindree may have died in the custody of
the police there is no information in this investigation supporting a causal
relationship between the unfortunate death of this young man and the actions
of the subject officer. The subject officer was clearly unaware of how serious
Mr. Kindree's condition was in that short period between his arrival and the
time the ambulance took him to the hospital. In my view there are no
reasonable grounds to believe that any of his acts or omissions were in law
contributing factors to Mr. Kindree's death."
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.
For further information:
For further information: Frank Phillips, SIU Communications/Service des
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