SIU terminates investigation into arrest with injuries in Napanee

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The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has closed the case on an investigation into the arrest of a 45-year-old man that occurred in September of 2020 in Napanee.

On Sept. 23, 2020, Ontario Provincial Police officers attended the man’s workplace and attempted to apprehend the man. The man fled and made his way to an apartment on Dundas Street, where he was ultimately taken into custody, the SIU said in a press release on Monday, May 3, 2021. The man notified the SIU of the interaction on March 4, 2021, and alleged that he sustained fractures as a result of the interaction, thus the SIU invoking its mandate.

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, terminated the investigation, saying, “Based on the SIU preliminary inquiries, I am satisfied that the SIU is without statutory jurisdiction to continue with an investigation of this matter. Though the man claims that he sustained fractures in the course of the incident, his medical records confirm that his injuries were limited to soft tissue injuries. As the man’s injuries do not amount to ‘serious injuries’ within the terms of the SIU’s mandate, the investigation is hereby discontinued and the file is closed.”

The SIU is an independent government agency that investigated the conduct of police officers that may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault, and/or the discharge of a firearm at a person. All investigations are conducted by SIU investigators who are civilians.

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