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No Charges Laid Against Officer After Woman Complains Of Broken Nose Following Takedown

KAWARTHA LAKES-The Special Investigations Unit has found no reasonable grounds to believe that a Kawartha Lakes Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the arrest and broken nose suffered by a 26-year-old woman in Lindsay.

The SIU began investigating after a complaint was filed with the Office of the Independent Police Review Director.

According to the SIU, officers went to a laundromat in Lindsay after it was reported that the woman would not leave the premises despite being asked to do so on July 10, 2022. The woman had gone to the laundromat with a municipal voucher for cleaning services in the amount of $50.00. She was advised that she could only redeem half of the voucher on that occasion, and that she would have to return another day to use the other half.  This angered the woman according to the SIU report.

Police say the woman refused to leave and threw her laundry, which she said was bed bug infested, at the officers. The officers took hold of the woman and “brought her to the floor” where she was handcuffed and escorted to the cruiser.

“In the final analysis, though it appears the Complainant suffered a broken nose at some point in her dealings with the SO (subject officer) and WO (laundromat employee)#1 on July 10, 2022, whether because of the takedown inside the cleaners or contact made with the outside of the cruiser following her arrest, there are no reasonable grounds to believe the injury is attributable to unlawful conduct on the part of the officer.”

She was released unconditionally at the scene. Following her release, the woman went to the hospital and was diagnosed with a broken nose.

After an investigation, the SIU says it found no reasonable grounds to believe the injury was attributable to unlawful conduct on the part of the officer involved.  As such, there was no basis for proceeding with charges in this case.  The file has been closed.


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Pamela Vanmeer
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Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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