Hamilton Police cleared by SIU after man falls off bridge on New Year’s Day

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Published May 2, 2023 at 1:38 pm

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The province’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has cleared Hamilton Police of any wrongdoing after a New Year’s incident in which a man fell off a bridge and was injured.

In the afternoon of Jan. 1, 2023, police reportedly received a 911 call from a 57-year-old man asking that traffic be stopped below the King Street East bridge over Kenilworth Avenue South, as he intended to jump from the bridge to end his life.

Officers arrived at the scene and the Mobile Crisis Rapid Response Team (MCRRT) was also dispatched.

“While officers encouraged the man not to jump, and while the MCRRT was en route, the man sat on the ledge and, after a short period, pushed himself off the bridge,” said the SIU.

“The man was transported to hospital where he was diagnosed with fractures of the right femur, right pelvis bone and left hip bone, and a tear to the bladder.”

Following an investigation, SIU Director Joseph Martino said there are “no reasonable grounds” to believe that any officer committed a criminal offence during the incident.

The file has been closed.

The SIU is a provincial agency called in to investigate incidents where the conduct of officials may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault and/or the discharge of a firearm at a person.

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