SIU clears officers involved in altercation with Brampton man that occurred in March

Published July 20, 2021 at 8:32 pm

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The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has decided not to press charges against a pair of officers with Peel Regional Police (PRP) in relation to an incident that occurred in Brampton in March.

At approximately 2:05 a.m. on March 22, a man called 9-1-1 expressing a desire to hurt himself.

The responding officers were dispatched to the area, Rosalea Park, this included a PRP Tactical Rescue Unit, as the man mentioned that he was in possession of a knife in his initial call with the 9-1-1 dispatcher—because of the nature of the call, a negotiator was also present and handled the majority of communications with the man.

During a conversation with the negotiator, the man stabbed himself in the arm with the knife he was carrying, prompting the responding officers to fire their non-lethal weapons, which knocked the knife out of his hand.

Immediately after, responding officers rushed forward and attempted to restrain the man, who was not cooperating, and one officer used his taser on the man, which allowed them to get him into handcuffs.

After the altercation, the man was taken to hospital, where he was diagnosed with fractures in both of his legs.

After a nearly four-month-long investigation, the SIU has determined the responding officers’ actions were warranted.

“Pursuant to section 25(1) of the Criminal Code, police officers are immune from criminal liability for force used in the course of their duties provided such force was reasonably necessary for the execution of an act that they were authorized or required to do by law,” reads the report from the SIU.

“I am satisfied that the Complainant was subject to apprehension under section 17 of the Mental Health Act, and I am further satisfied that the officers conducted themselves reasonably throughout their dealings with the Complainant, including with respect to the force that was used to take him into custody,” it continued. 

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