No grounds to charge Hamil­ton po­lice in ar­rest in­jury: SIU

The Hamilton Spectator - - Local -

On­tario’s po­lice watch­dog says there are no grounds to charge any Hamil­ton po­lice of­fi­cers in con­nec­tion with the in­jury of 30-year-old man in an ar­rest more than two years ago.

The man suf­fered frac­tured ribs dur­ing his ar­rest early Feb. 17, 2016, the Spe­cial In­ves­ti­ga­tions Unit said.

He drove a rental car into a small un­lit lot when a po­lice of­fi­cer at­tempted a traf­fic stop just af­ter 12:30 a.m. But the man got out of the car and ran f through an al­ley, the SIU re­port says.

The of­fi­cer gave chase and called for backup, be­fore catch­ing up with the man, who tried to punch him. The man kept run­ning and the of­fi­cer tried to use a Taser twice, but it didn’t work prop­erly.

The of­fi­cer even­tu­ally tack­led the man from be­hind, but he kept strug­gling, so he used pep­per spray and punched him once.

Other of­fi­cers ar­rived on scene and the man was even­tu­ally hand­cuffed. Po­lice found a small scale with co­caine residue and more than $2,000 cash on the man. Mar­i­juana was in the rental car, the SIU said.

The man was charged with as­sault­ing a peace of­fi­cer, re­sist­ing ar­rest and pos­ses­sion of co­caine residue, but those charges were later with­drawn.

He com­plained of rib pain in cus­tody, and a frac­ture was di­ag­nosed on March 3, 2016. The case wasn’t brought to the SIU un­til a year later.

“In these cir­cum­stances and given the com­plainant’s on­go­ing re­sis­tance, I can­not con­clude that the force used by the in­volved of­fi­cers was un­rea­son­able or more than nec­es­sary to ef­fect the ar­rest,” SIU di­rec­tor Tony Loparco con­cluded.

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