Niagara Police cleared by SIU after Grimsby man injured in jail cell

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Published August 31, 2023 at 9:28 am

SIU Mississauga investigation

The Special Investigations Unit has cleared any Niagara Police officers of any potential wrong-doing after a Grimsby man injured himself in a jail cell.

On May 2, officers arrested a Grimsby man in his 50s after he violated his release order. The SIU acknowledged there was a struggle to arrest him because “he approached officers in an aggressive fashion.”

Eventually, they were able to pin him down and take him into custody.

However, once in jail, ” the man fell forward in his cell, striking his forehead on the floor.” Officers and EMS treated him in the cell until he was shifted to a hospital where he was diagnosed with a fractured vertebrae.

After assessing the evidence, SIU Director Joseph Martino determined “there were no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injuries.”

The SIU is automatically brought in when any suspect is injured or harmed during an arrest or, in this case, shortly afterwards.

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In this case, the SIU decided, “There was no basis for proceeding with criminal charges in this case, and the file has been closed.”

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