Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit has found that no charges are warranted against OPP officers in relation to an arrest in Sioux Lookout last year.
The investigation began after an interaction between officers and a 45-year-old woman in a wooded area, after officers received a request for police assistance with a number of intoxicated people.
The SIU’s director report on the case indicates that the 45-year-old Sioux Lookout resident was found lying on the ground, and had been reported missing one month prior. The contents of her purse were emptied onto the ground, and empty alcohol bottles were found nearby. The report also notes that one of the officers said another male, who the officer “knew to be a sexual offender, was standing nearby, totally sober.”
The officer was concerned for the complainant’s safety, and handcuffed her while she was still asleep. She was arrested for public intoxication. Several individuals were taken to the Sioux Lookout OPP detachment and lodged for the night. When she woke up, the officer described her as being “incoherent, uncooperative, screaming, yelling and flailing her legs.” Although, she did indicate that she was okay to officers.
The next morning, she complained of a painful wrist. She was examined by a doctor, and an x-ray showed that her wrist was fractured. The report states that based on the evidence, the SIU was unable to determine when or how the complainant’s wrist was fractured.
The SIU is an arm’s length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault. Under the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU must
- Consider whether an officer has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident under investigation
- Depending on the evidence, lay a criminal charge against the officer if appropriate or close the file without any charges being laid
- Report the results of any investigations to the Attorney General