Ontario's Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has released their finds after a 19-year-old man’s elbow was fractured while in the custody at the OPP Dryden Detachment.
The SIU says during the early hours of May 12, 2021 a 19-year-old male was arrested, in Dryden, after violating the terms of his release from custody. The man was transported to the OPP Dryden Detachment for holding, where he was combative and belligerent with the arresting officers.
The man was intoxicated and flagged as a suicide risk by police records and was told he needed to be placed in a security gown.
The 19-year-old resisted when officers entered the cell to place the man in the security gown.
The SIU says officers eventually forced the man over the cell bench, at which point his handcuffs were removed and so were his top and pants, to put him in the security gown.
During the struggle, the man's right elbow was fractured.
After reviewing witness statements and video evidence, the SIU says there are no reasonable grounds to believe that a Dryden Police Services officer committed a criminal offence in connection with a 19-year-old man’s fractured elbow.
The SIU is an independent government agency that investigates the conduct of officials that may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault or the discharge of a firearm. Their work will consider whether the officer has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident.