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SIU terminates investigation into injury suffered by man during Bagot St arrest

Kingston Police maintaining security of the scene as a drug search warrant was executed at 381 Bagot Street on Wednesday, Jul. 14, 2021. Photo by Daniel Tastard Homer.

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has closed the case on an investigation into leg fractures suffered by a 35-year-old man in the course of his arrest last month in Kingston.

On Wednesday, Jul. 14, 2021, Kingston Police executed a warrant at 381 Bagot Street. According to a statement from the SIU, dated Tuesday, Aug, 24, 2021, police burst through the door of an apartment in the building, and the man, a guest in the apartment at the time, feared he was about to be robbed and jumped off the second-floor balcony. As a result, he fractured his right leg.

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, terminated the investigation, saying “there was patently nothing to the investigation as far as the potential criminal liability of any police officer was concerned in connection with the man’s serious injuries. On the basis of the evidence, it was apparent that the man was solely responsible for his injuries, and as such the investigation has been discontinued.”

The injured male was arrested and charged with multiple offences. Full details of the arrest can be found on Kingstonist’s previous coverage of the incident.

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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