SIU clears Hanover officers after man injured during arrest

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The Director of the Special Investigations Unit has found there are no reasonable grounds to believe that two Hanover Police Service officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the broken arm suffered by a man during his arrest.

Last August, Hanover Police were called to an address on 7th Avenue after the man had reportedly broken into a flower shop.

The SIU reported that an officer deployed his Conducted Energy Weapon at the man during a confrontation.  That resulted in his body locking up and him falling to the ground. The man was apprehended under the Mental Health Act and subsequently diagnosed with a fractured right arm.

Director Joseph Martino concluded that the force used by the officers was legally justified as the man was brandishing a shovel and broken beer bottle at the time.