Mississauga police officer cleared in incident where man was injured


Published May 13, 2022 at 4:31 pm

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A Peel police officer has been cleared in regard to an incident where a Mississauga man jumped over a wall to flee arrest and was injured.

The Ontario Special Investigations Unit says there is “no reasonable ground” to conclude an officer veered into unlawful conduct during an arrest on the morning of Jan. 15. Per the report from SIU Director Joseph Martino, the complainant was a 35-year-old man who was driving with “improper plates affixed to his vehicle.” A Peel Regional Police officer followed the man to the parking garage for an Ontario Highway Traffic Act investigation.

When the officer parked his patrol vehicle by the man’s car and told him it was not street-legal, the man ran and jumped over a wall, 12 feet down to the frozen ground. He scurried toward the building, favouring his left foot, before the officer caught up to him near the building’s entrance. A struggled ensued before the man was apprehended, and the SIU found the officer did use force.

“A kick and up to two knee strikes delivered by the officer would not seem a disproportionate use of force given the nature and extent of the Complainant’s physical resistance to his arrest,” Martino wrote.

The man’s fractured left heel was diagnosed later that day at the Credit Valley hospital. Peel Regional Police informed the SIU of the injury at 1:19 p.m. on Jan. 15.

In his report, Martino said he reviewed security footage from the apartment building that captured the complainant jumping from the second storey of the parkign garage. About a minute later, the subject officer turned on his body-worn camera, whose footage was also reviewed.

The full report is readable at siu.on.ca.

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