SIU clears Ottawa cop of injuring man

An Ottawa cop was cleared by the province’s Special Investigations Unit on Thursday of injuring an 18-year-old man.

A trio of investigators probed the May 4 incident, in which a man fell 20 metres from Hwy. 417 near the Parkdale Ave. ramp.

The man suffered multiple fractures to his feet and pelvis, and a fractured orbital bone.

Paramedics took him to the Ottawa Hospital.

That morning, numerous 911 calls came in reporting a man standing on top of a nine-foot sound barrier on Hwy. 417.

The subject officer and two witness officers were dispatched, and the subject officer arrived first.

The 18-year-old man threw a bottle of pills toward the subject officer’s police cruiser, then jumped.

“The man received his serious injuries as a consequence of the 20 metre fall and not as a result of any interaction with the subject officer,” SIU director Ian Scott said in a statement.

“Accordingly, I am of the view that there is no credible information supporting the inference that the subject officer was responsible for the man’s serious injuries, and no criminal charge can be laid against him.”

The SIU is called in when police are involved in a death, serious injury, or allegations of sexual assault.

kelly.roche@sunmedia.ca

@ottawasunkroche

http://www.ottawasun.com/2012/07/12/siu-clears-ottawa-cop-of-injuring-man

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