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Police not responsible for man's injury suffered while in custody, investigation finds

After experiencing a seizure, the man was taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with an arm injury
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The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the injury sustained by a 32-year-old man in Barrie in October of 2017.

At approximately 11:30 p.m. on Oct. 24, 2017, Barrie Police Service officers arrested a man at a residence in relation to a domestic incident. On Oct. 27, 2017, the man was transported to the Barrie court house for a bail hearing.

While waiting in a cell, the man spun in a clockwise direction and fell to the ground. He was experiencing a seizure. Barrie Court Services officers entered the cell and tended to the man. He was taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with an arm injury.

Director Loparco said, “The evidence is clear that the man suffered his injury in his cell without any police contact. Accordingly, I have terminated the investigation into this incident.”

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.