Special Investigations Unit clears Barrie Police Following December prisoner injury

Man's Hand Fracture Was Self-Inflicted, Says SIU

The province’s police watchdog says the injuries suffered by a man in Barrie Police lockup were self-inflicted, clearing officers of wrongdoing.

Officers arrested a man on December 8th, 2019 and put the man in a cell at headquarters. The 37-year-old was later taken to hospital for treatment of a fractured right hand.

The Special Investigations Unit says the man hurt himself while in the cell, and that video surveillance backs it up; the 37-year-old is seen on camera repeatedly striking the plexiglass in the cell with his hand.

SIU Director Joseph Martino says this was cut-and-dry. “Following the SIU’s preliminary inquiries, it is apparent that the man’s injury was self-inflicted. The video recordings of the man’s booking and time in cells are definitive in this regard. Consequently, as there is patently nothing to investigate as far as the potential criminal liability of any police officer or officers is concerned, the SIU investigation is hereby discontinued and the file is closed.”