OTTAWA — The Director of the Special Investigations Unit says he found numerous inconsistencies in allegations made by a man who said he suffered an injury when he was arrested by Ottawa Police.
In May, 2016, police were called to a home in Vanier by a man who said he had been assaulted, and that a vehicle had been stolen from him.
When police learned the vehicle had been taken by its registered owner, they told the man that was a civil matter — not a criminal one.
They also said there wasn’t enough evidence that an assault had happened.
The man called 911 multiple times after that, and was eventually arrested for causing a disturbance.
He was handcuffed and put in a cruiser, but was taken to hospital after he said his implanted defibrillator had gone off.
The man left the hospital without being assessed, then said in the following days that his wrist had been injured during the arrest.
The SIU decision released today finds no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any of the officers involved.
“On a review of all of the evidence, I find that there are numerous inconsistencies between the Complainant’s allegations and his complaints to police, paramedics and hospital staff and it is evident that the Complainant exaggerated, if not outright fabricated, his various medical maladies,” writes SIU Director Tony Loparco. “I am unable to find that the actions of police officers who were involved in the arrest, handcuffing and removal of handcuffs from the Complainant acted in any way that would have caused the sprain or contusion to the Complainant’s wrist.”
The Special Investigations Unit is an arm’s length agency that investigates reports involving the police where there has been a death, serious injury or allegation of sexual assault.