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SIU Called In After Man Injured While Being Taken Into Custody In Peterborough

PETERBOROUGH-The provinces police watchdog has been called in to investigate after a man was injured while being taken into custody in Peterborough.

Chief Stu Betts was live tweeting throughout St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Peterborough. At one point he commented on a crash.

“Driver of an SUV has learned that when you hit multiple vehicles leaving the bar, ram a K9 vehicle, with 2 K9s inside, crash your vehicle thru a fence into a muddy construction site, & try to outrun those K9s on foot, chances are it won’t end well – one in custody for impaired,” said the Tweet.

He later followed up with a tweet saying the suspect had been injured.

“We have learned this incident resulted in an injury to the individual, while being taken into custody, & it meets the threshold of the SIU’s mandate. We understand this is a process that must be followed. Any additional details will flow from the SIU. Thank you for your support.” he Tweeted.

It’s unclear if the injuries were from the K-9 unit or another part of the arrest. We have reached out to the SIU for comment but have not yet heard back.

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is talked with investigating incidents involving officials where there is a serious injury, death, allegation of sexual assault or discharge of a firearm by an official at a person.

A person sustains a serious injury if the injury in question is likely to interfere with the person’s health or comfort and is not transient or trifling in nature.  A serious injury includes:
  • an injury that results in admission to a hospital;
  • a fracture to the skull, or to a limb, rib or vertebra;
  • burns to a significant proportion of a person’s body;
  • the loss of any portion of a person’s body; or
  • a loss of vision or hearing.
The SIU investigates incidents across Ontario, and has jurisdiction over all municipal, regional and provincial police officers. This represents 47 police services and upwards of 23,000 officers. On December 1, 2020, the SIU was also given jurisdiction over special constables employed by the Niagara Parks Commission and peace officers with the Legislative Protective Service.

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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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