SIU clears Brantford officer in case of pinned man

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No charges will be laid by the Special Investigations Unit against a Brantford police officer after a man was pinned underneath a police vehicle.

On May 19, 2018, a Brantford Police Service officer responded to a radio call to attend a residence on Market Street for a possible domestic dispute.  While inside the residence, unbeknownst to the officer, a 25-year-old man, who had consumed a considerable amount of alcohol and who suffered from mental health issues, approached the officer’s police vehicle and lay down in front of it. 

The officer returned to his vehicle at approximately 1:50 a.m. and put the vehicle in motion, pinning the man underneath it.

A tow truck removed the police vehicle, allowing the man to crawl out.

The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges in relation to the serious injury sustained by the man. 

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