Peel police officers not responsible for death of Brampton woman: Police watchdog

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Published September 1, 2021 at 9:35 am

Several Peel Regional Police officers have been cleared of any wrongdoing in the death last year of a 29-year-old woman who stabbed herself inside her parents’ Brampton home, Ontario’s police watchdog has concluded. 

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU), the provincial body that probes incidents involving police where someone has been killed, seriously hurt or sexually assaulted, determined this week there are no reasonable grounds to believe the Peel officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the April 18, 2020 incident. 

According to SIU Director Joseph Martino, police officers, including one trained in dealing with mental health-related calls, were sent to the Brampton home as there were concerns for the woman’s well-being. Paramedics accompanied police to the home. 

Martino said a mental health professional also attended via video conference. 

Shortly after police and paramedics left the home, the woman died of a self-inflicted stab wound, according to the SIU. 

Martino described the woman’s death as a “terrible tragedy,” but added there was insufficient evidence to reasonably conclude that her death could be attributed in any way to the officers’ conduct. 

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