Investigation into alleged broken hand suffered during Hamilton arrest terminated by SIU

Published April 6, 2022 at 4:42 pm

Investigation into alleged broken hand suffered during Hamilton arrest terminated by SIU
The province's police watchdog says it is terminating its investigation into an arrest by Hamilton police officers that allegedly led to a broken hand. (stock photo)

The province’s police watchdog says it is terminating its investigation into an arrest by Hamilton police officers that allegedly led to the suspect breaking his hand.

The complainant was a 37-year-old man who was arrested on Mar. 11 at a home on Barton St. East after police received a call regarding an “unwanted guest.”

After the arrest, the complainant was taken to hospital where he was diagnosed by doctors with a broken right hand.

However, Special Investigations Unit director Joseph Martino says an investigation revealed that the man’s injuries were incurred “a couple of weeks” prior to his arrest.

“As the police had nothing to do with it… the SIU was without statutory jurisdiction to proceed with the investigation,” reads the report. “Accordingly, the file has been closed.”

The SIU is an independent government agency that investigates the conduct of officials that may have resulted in death or serious injury.

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