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Published December 16, 2023

Barrie police officer cleared regarding man's arrest and injuries: SIU

SIU invokes mandate in fatal Tiny Township crash

A Barrie Police Service officer has been cleared in connection with the arrest and reported injuries of a 24-year-old man in August, says Ontario's Special Investigations Unit (SIU).

A report from the SIU stated that Director Joseph Martino found "no reasonable grounds" to believe the officer committed a criminal offence.

"On August 16, 2023, the officer attempted to pull over the driver of a Mazda on Mapleview Drive East for speeding," said the SIU.

"The man seemingly ignored the officer’s direction to pull over. After he was stopped, he ignored commands to exit the car, exited the car and failed to put his hands on the car when ordered, instead reaching into the vehicle. The officer discharged a conducted energy weapon at the man. The man ignored an order to get on the ground, and the officer forced him to the ground and handcuffed him." 

Martino says the man’s reported injuries likely occurred in the altercation during his arrest, but found no reasonable grounds to conclude they were the result of unlawful conduct.

The man was taken to hospital and reportedly diagnosed with a concussion and broken toe.

Click here for the full report.

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