Police officer cleared after intervening in domestic assault

Special Investigations Unit

A Windsor police officer will not face criminal charges after intervening in a domestic assault last September.

Members of the Provincial Repeat Offender Parole Enforcement squad, Ontario Provincial Police, London Police Service and Windsor Police were parked in the area of Park Street West and Janette Avenue last September 11. They were there for an unrelated matter when a woman ran in front of one of the unmarked police vehicles.

She was being chased by a man who grabbed her, pulled her, and began assaulting her.

The Windsor police officer inside the vehicle radioed to his colleagues that he was going to intervene, and did, but during the arrest, the two men started fighting.

The suspect was face down on the ground but continued to struggle as the officer handcuffed him.

A second officer tasered the man three times and the man was taken away by paramedics to Windsor Regional Hospital’s Ouellette Campus.

A doctor at the hospital diagnosed the man with a broken nose.

SIU Director Joseph Martino noted in his investigation that there were two pieces of evidence suggesting the man was assaulted without provocation but found the testimony untrustworthy.

He ruled the officer’s actions did not transgress reasonable force.