No charges laid against officer after police vehicle ‘nudged’ man in Brampton


Published July 7, 2022 at 2:33 pm

Peel police officer committed no offence during takedown in Malton

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) said it has found “no reasonable grounds” to believe that a Peel Regional Police officer committed a criminal offence after a man was injured during an arrest in Brampton.

On the morning of March 9, 2022, Peel police’s Tactical Response Unit was deployed to arrest a 31-year-old man wanted for robbery offences.

The man was allegedly armed with a crowbar and driving a stolen vehicle.

“When the man brought the stolen Hyundai Tucson to a stop in front of a Queen Street business, an SUV being driven by one of the officers approached and struck the Hyundai’s rear end, pinning it against the wall,” the SIU said in a statement today (July 7).

An officer emerged from the passenger side of the SUV, holding a rifle and directing the man to exit with his hands up.

It’s reported that the man fled to an adjacent business.

“An unmarked police vehicle drove up along the man and nudged him off stride. Another officer drove towards the man to assist in the apprehension, and the contact sent the man tumbling to the ground,” according to the SIU.

“The man got up, took several additional strides and again fell to the ground.”

After a struggle, the man was arrested and taken to hospital with a fractured right ankle.

SIU director Joseph Martino said it remains unclear precisely when the man’s ankle was broken during his interaction with the police, but he believes the injury was not a result of unlawful conduct on the part of the involved officers.

Martino will not proceed with charges at this time.

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

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