SIU clears Brockville police officer in July incident where suspect was injured

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The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has cleared a Brockville police officer following an incident in July of this year that left a suspect injured.

On the morning of July 24, 2023, the Brockville Police Service responded to reports of a disturbance on King Street East involving a group of individuals who were reportedly inebriated. Upon arrival, officers engaged with the group, subsequently identifying one member as a person sought in connection with a prior robbery.

The individual, identified as a 25-year-old man, allegedly attempted to flee upon sighting the police. An officer intervened, notifying the man of his impending arrest. Despite orders to comply, the man resisted and the officer employed physical measures to apprehend him.

The ensuing altercation led to the man sustaining injuries—a fractured right forearm and left wrist—during the arrest. He was then restrained using handcuffs, taken into custody, and transported to a nearby hospital for medical attention.

Following the incident, the SIU conducted an inquiry into the circumstances. Director Joseph Martino oversaw the assessment of the evidence, concluding that the officer involved did not engage in actions amounting to a criminal offence during the arrest and subsequent injuries sustained by the apprehended individual.

The investigation outcome, as determined by the SIU Director, found no reasonable grounds to suggest any criminal wrongdoing on the part of the officer in connection to the arrest and resulting injuries suffered by the man.

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