Editor’s Note – This incident wasn’t reported by the CCPS or SIU when it occurred. The SIU is only reporting its closure of its investigation because the injury wasn’t deemed serious enough. It is not an exoneration or statement of innocence or guilt.
We media, nor the public at large, would know about this event of the Cornwall Community Police Service which resulted in a man being taken to hospital after hitting his head on the ground during the interaction if not for this release by the SIU and follow up call to them to clarify.
This is why all calls to police services have to be available to the media and public. To avoid the optics of cover ups and worse! This has been an ongoing battle from this newspaper to gain more access to information from area police services.
Here is the SIU release unedited.
SIU Terminates Cornwall Investigation
Case Number: 18-OCI-148
Mississauga, ON (18 June, 2018) —
The SIU is an arm’s length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault. Under the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU must
- consider whether an officer has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident under investigation
- depending on the evidence, lay a criminal charge against the officer if appropriate or close the file without any charges being laid
- report the results of any investigations to the Attorney General.