Watchdog clears Peel Police officer after man injured during Brampton arrest

Published October 9, 2021 at 9:43 am

Ontario’s police watchdog has cleared a Peel Regional Police officer of any wrongdoing after a man was injured during an arrest in Brampton earlier this year.

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Joseph Martino, said he found “no reasonable grounds” to conclude that excessive force was used in the course of the man’s arrest for alleged public intoxication.

According to the SIU report, the incident took place on June 12, 2021, when police attended a home on Cranberry Crescent in Brampton. A resident of the home, a 38-year-old man, was placed under arrest but he is said to have resisted officers and he was taken to the ground.

The report goes on to say that the man was eventually placed into a police cruiser where he is said to have banged his head on the car’s partition. As a result, the man was taken to hospital where it was determined that the man has suffered two broken ribs.

Due to the severity of the injury, the SIU invoked its mandate and investigated the incident.

Martino ultimately concluded that “while it was possible the man suffered broken ribs when he was put on the ground by the officer,” he believed the arresting officer “comported himself lawfully in the interaction.”

No charges have been issued in relation to the incident.

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