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SIU drops investigation into Kenora woman’s injury

The Special Investigations Unit has discontinued its investigation into an injury sustained by a 29-year-old woman during a struggle with OPP officers after her arrest last month, finding the injuries were not serious.

KENORA — Ontario’s police watchdog has discontinued an investigation into an injury suffered by a Kenora woman during a struggle with Ontario Provincial Police officers.

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) announced Friday it would drop its review because the woman’s injury was not considered serious.

The injury occurred after OPP officers arrested a 29-year-old woman following an incident at a Kenora business in the late afternoon of April 15.

According to the SIU, the woman injured her right ankle in the course of a struggle between the woman and several officers after she was brought to the OPP’s Kenora Detachment.

The woman was diagnosed with soft tissue swelling in that ankle after being subsequently transported to hospital.

SIU director Joseph Martino concluded that because that did not meet the definition of “serious injury,” the agency “was without jurisdiction to investigate the incident.”

As an independent provincial agency, the Special Investigations Unit’s mandate is to investigate the conduct of police officers and other law enforcement officials involved in situations that may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault, or the discharge of a firearm at a person.

The SIU’s preliminary investigation included a review of the woman’s medical records and video footage of her time in police custody, the agency said.


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