The Ontario Provincial Police will conduct an investigation into the circumstances surrounding a violent arrest in downtown Barrie on Thursday afternoon.
Witnesses to the arrest on Dunlop Street near Owen Street around 3 p.m. Thursday are asked to contact the OPP Professional Standards Unit at 1-888-310-1122.
“In an effort to ensure the process is transparent and accountable I have asked the Ontario Provincial Police to conduct the investigation into the events that took place in Barrie on February 4,” said Barrie Police Chief Kimberley Greenwood. “I acknowledge the public’s concerns being expressed based on the limited availability of information at this time. I want to assure the community that any findings of misconduct will be pursued. I remain dedicated and supportive of our Service and the continued professionalism of our members during times when our actions are questioned.”
A video widely shared on social media Thursday evening shows a 20-year-old man being restrained by an officer and arrested in an aggressive manner. The officer in question has been reassigned pending the outcome of the OPP investigation while the man was charged with causing a disturbance and assault with attempt to resist arrest.