Niagara Police officer cleared after man has collarbone broken during arrest


Published February 24, 2023 at 1:40 pm

The Special Investigations Unit has cleared a Niagara Police officer in an incident where a suspect suffered a broken collarbone during arrest.

Police responded to a report on a fight on James St. in front of a nightclub on Oct. 29, 2022. When they arrived, a suspect saw them and took off on foot.

The officer caught up to the 24-year-old man and wrestled him to the ground. There was a struggle until more officers caught up and helped subdue the man during the arrest, eventually handcuffing him.

However, during the course of the arrest, the suspect had his right collarbone broken and had to be taken to the hospital.

Cases that involve injury or death of suspects go straight to the SIU and are reviewed at length.

Joseph Martino, Director of the Special Investigations Unit, reviewed the case where it was determined the suspect “had attacked a passerby with some friends, and was clearly subject to arrest for assault.”

Since police are allowed to use reasonable force when a suspect is resisting arrest, Martino decided there was no basis for proceeding with criminal charges against the officer in this case and closed the file.


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