Police watchdog closes investigation into arrest where Hamilton woman broke both ankles

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Published November 24, 2021 at 1:21 pm

Ontario’s police watchdog has terminated the investigation into an incident involving Hamilton Police where a woman sustained two broken ankles while trying to flee police last month.

According to a Special Investigations Unit (SIU) report, the agency’s director, Joseph Martino, concluded that the woman in the case was ‘solely responsible for her injuries,’ and no criminal charges would be filed against the officers who were present when she sustained the injuries.

The incident in question occurred on Oct. 22 when Hamilton Police were called to a home on Hilda Avenue in central Hamilton to reports of a break-and-enter in progress.

The SIU report said that when officers arrived, the 26-year-old woman fled and jumped over a porch railing to the ground below — a descent of between one to two metres.

Officers arrested her a short distance away and then took her to the hospital where her injuries were diagnosed.

SIU invoked its mandate due to the severity of the woman’s injuries but on Wednesday (Nov. 24) disclosed that the file is now closed due to the fact “there was patently nothing to investigate as far as the potential criminal liability of any police officer was concerned.”

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