SIU: No Charges to Issue in Relation to Man’s Arrest in Peterborough

The province’s Special Investigations Unit has found no reasonable grounds to charge a Peterborough Police Service (PPS) officer in connection with a 35-year-old man’s injury, diagnosed following his arrest on November 19, 2020.

On November 20, 2020, at 11:42 a.m., the Peterborough Police Service (PPS) reported that on November 19, at 11:05 p.m., police were called to 157 George Street, Peterborough, in relation to a man – the Complainant – acting erratically and threatening to kill people. The Complainant was arrested by the Subject Officer (SO) for breach of recognizance. Witness Officer (WO) #1 and WO#2 assisted in the arrest, and WO #2 transported the Complainant to the station.

While being booked by WO #3, the Complainant complained that his left shoulder was sore and that he had dislocated it four days ago. He declined to be taken to the hospital.  

After a video bail hearing, the Complainant was remanded into custody and complained again about his shoulder. At this time, he requested to be taken to the hospital. 

Upon arrival at Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC), the Complainant was diagnosed with a left broken scapula. He also uttered to a doctor that “three police officers jumped me”.

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there is no basis for proceeding with criminal charges against the officer in this case. The file is closed.

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