Thursday, July 2, 2020

SIU: No wrongdoing after police dog bite

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has determined there was no wrongdoing by the Chatham-Kent Police Service after a man was bitten by a police dog last year.

SIU officials allege in the early morning of October 24, 2018, a 27-year-old man was arrested by Chatham-Kent Police Service officers.

One of those officers used his police service dog to assist in locating the man prior to his arrest, SIU officials say.

The dog bit the man’s left thigh and right hand, SIU officials added.

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges in this case.

“I am satisfied there are no reasonable grounds to believe the (subject officer) committed a criminal offence,” Martino said in his report.

“There are no grounds to proceed with charges in this case and the file is closed.”

You can read Martino’s full report, here

The SIU is an arm’s length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault.

Under the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU must

– Consider whether an officer has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident under investigation.

– Depending on the evidence, lay a criminal charge against the officer if appropriate or close the file without any charges being laid.

– Report the results of any investigations to the Attorney General.

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