By Dave Flaherty/The Oshawa Express
The province’s police watchdog has cleared a Durham police officer of injuring a man while arresting him outside a local pub.
The Special Investigations Unit ruled there are no grounds for criminal charges against the officer.
According to the SIU report, on Aug. 11, 2018, a 53-year-old Oshawa man was ousted from a bar near Athol Street and Celina Street.
An employee of the bar then called 911, reporting the man was armed with a knife.
Police arrived and found the man walking in a parking lot just south of the bar. The accused was arrested without incident and was searched, but no knife was found.
Follow-up investigation revealed no witnesses had seen him holding a knife, and no weapon was found in the area.
The man was then released.
Two days later, he attended a local police station and complained his wrist had been broken during his arrest.
In his report, interim SIU director Joseph Martino ruled only minimum force had been used during the arrest, and by all accounts “the handcuffing was entirely uneventful.”
“At no point did the complainant resist what was happening, and he was released in minutes,” Martino wrote.
While he grants the handcuffing may have caused the injury, Martino said he was “unable to reasonably conclude” the fracture had been caused by excessive force.
“I am satisfied on reasonable grounds that the [subject officer] was legally justified in the force he used detaining the complainant,” he wrote.