SIU investigating after person tasered downtown
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.