SIU declines to charge Peel Regional Police officer in relation to arrest that resulted in two fractured ribs for Brampton resident

Published October 12, 2021 at 12:10 pm

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU), the entity that oversees Ontario’s police departments, is not charging Peel Regional Police (PRP) officers in relation to an incident that occurred in Brampton over the summer.

On June 12, PRP officers arrested a Brampton man outside of his home on Cranberry Crescent for public intoxication.

According to the SIU’s report, the man resisted arrest and the responding officer tackled him and then put him in the back of his cruiser.

The man was later taken to hospital, where doctors determined he had fractured two of his ribs.

As a result of the investigation, SIU Director Joseph Martino was unable to reasonably conclude the responding officer used excessive force during the arrest.

“In the circumstances, the officer was entitled to resort to a measure of force to overcome the Complainant’s resistance,” Martino said in his decision.

“In my view, the takedown, which does not appear to have been conducted with undue force, was a tactic reasonably available to the officer, who could either continue to struggle with the Complainant on his feet, or seek to gain a positional advantage by placing the Complainant on the ground.”

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