Wednesday, July 17, 2024

SIU clears OPP officer after woman injured in Trenton

Stock photo of SIU vehicles on scene at an investigation in 2022. Photo via SIU website.

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has cleared a local OPP officer in an incident where a female suspect became injured earlier this year.

A media release from the SIU explains that its director, Joseph Martino, “found no reasonable grounds to believe an Ontario Provincial Police officer committed a criminal offence in connection with a broken right shoulder suffered by a 40-year-old woman in Trenton.”

The incident in question occurred on Feb. 27, 2024, when the officer was sent to an area behind Royal Bank in downtown Trenton to arrest the woman for outstanding arrest warrants.

The investigation found that the woman fled, and the officer caught up to her and pushed her to the ground. The woman was handcuffed and taken to hospital. 

Director Martino found that while on the ground, the woman refused to surrender her arms despite the officer’s repeated requests, and she struggled against the officer’s efforts as he wrestled her arms behind the back.

“The injury, in his view, was the unfortunate result of countervailing forces being brought to bear on the complainant’s right arm, not any excessive force applied by the officer.”  

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