Oxford OPP Cleared In Man’s Arrest

The province’s Special Investigation Unit has ruled that an Oxford OPP officer was justified using force in an incident in that left a man with fractures to his vertebrae.

Officers were called to a home in February on a domestic matter. The SIU says a 42-year-old man struggled and kicked glass out of a door while being arrested. While the officer put the suspect on the ground to subdue him, the man hit his head against the front door.  Later in hospital it was discovered that he had fractured vertebrae.

In his report, Acting SIU Director Joseph Martino concluded that the officers actions weren’t overly forceful and that he was entitled to control the subject.

The SIU investigates all reports involving police where there is death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault.