SIU in­ves­ti­gat­ing af­ter per­son tasered down­town

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - MOLLY HAYES mhayes@thes­ 905-526-3214 | @mol­ly­hayes

The prov­ince’s po­lice watch­dog is in­ves­ti­gat­ing af­ter a 31-year-old woman was tasered by Hamil­ton po­lice in a down­town in­ci­dent early Mon­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the Spe­cial In­ves­ti­ga­tions Unit, Hamil­ton Po­lice got a call from a taxi driver around 1 a.m. Mon­day, to re­port that he had en­coun­tered a pedes­trian bran­dish­ing a knife.

When of­fi­cers re­sponded to the area, around Hunter Street West and Catharine Street South, there was an “in­ter­ac­tion” be­tween them and the woman.

“A con­ducted en­ergy weapon was de­ployed twice,” the SIU said in a press re­lease. The woman was taken to St. Joseph’s Hos­pi­tal, they said, where she has been ad­mit­ted.

The SIU — which is an arm’slength agency that in­ves­ti­gates in­ci­dents in­volv­ing po­lice that re­sult in death, se­ri­ous in­jury or al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual as­sault — has des­ig­nated one sub­ject of­fi­cer and four wit­ness of­fi­cers as part of its in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Four in­ves­ti­ga­tors as well as a foren­sic in­ves­ti­ga­tor have been as­signed to the case.

Po­lice de­clined to com­ment on the in­ci­dent, since the SIU has in­voked its man­date — and the watch­dog did not dis­close de­tails of the woman’s in­juries.

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