Officer cleared after breaking suspect’s nose during August arrest in Halton Hills

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Published December 23, 2022 at 1:25 pm

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No charges will be laid against a Halton police officer who broke a suspect’s nose during an arrest in Halton Hills.

The province’s Special Investigations Unit, which investigates these types of interactions, made the decision today, Dec. 23, to not press charges.

The incident took place Aug. 25 when officers entered the garage of a residence in Halton Hills on the strength of a search warrant that had been issued in support of a drug investigation.

In the garage, an officer ordered a 20-year-old man to the ground and proceeded to tackle him. There followed a short struggle during which the officer delivered several knee strikes to the man’s right side and back before controlling his arms and handcuffing them behind the back.

At hospital, the man was diagnosed with a laceration above the right eye and a fractured nose.

A firearm was found at the scene.

While accepting that the man’s injuries were the result of the force used by the officer, SIU Director Joseph Martino determined there were no reasonable grounds to believe they were attributable to unlawful conduct on the part of the officer.

As there was no basis for proceeding with criminal charges in this case, the file has been closed.

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