Friday, August 12, 2022

SIU clears Chatham-Kent Police Service officers in death of man

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that two Chatham-Kent Police Service officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the death of a 53-year-old man last September.

SIU officials say on September 8, 2021, officers arrested the man in a store for trespassing.

The man resisted arrest and kicked at officers.

One of the officers struck the man with an elbow while he was being handcuffed.

The man was examined by paramedics at the scene, and then taken to the police station.

The man was sent to hospital from the station, where he died on September 15, 2021.

Director Martino found that the evidence did not establish that the officers’ conduct was responsible for the man’s death, SIU officials say.

The full director’s report can be viewed, here.

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