SIU says no charges against Ottawa police officer in death of man shortly before his arrest

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The Ontario Special Investigation Unit (SIU) said Friday that no charges have been laid against a police office in Ottawa in death of man who died shortly before his arrest.

The incident occurred on July 15, 2021, when officers had gone to the man’s home on Woodroffe Avenue as the man had a warrant for his arrest.

“From inside the home the man indicated he would accompany the officer, but would need some time to get dressed first. Several minutes later, and after one of the officers observed a noose and a step ladder through a window, the officers forced their way in,” the SIU said in a statement.

The statement further added that the officers located the man on a couch in a second-floor living room with a clear plastic bag wrapped around his head secured with tape around his neck.

An officer ripped the bag off, with the man appearing to be without vital signs, SIU said, adding that the officers administered first aid until paramedics arrived and took the man to hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.

Director Martino found no reasonable grounds to believe that the subject official transgressed the limits of care prescribed by the criminal law in his brief interaction with the man. Accordingly, the file has been closed, SIU concluded.

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