Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit has determined that there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges to an OPP officer, following an altercation in Pikangikum First Nation.
In October of 2016, an OPP officer was attempting to make an arrest for impaired driving. The 43-year-old Pikangikum man sustained serious injuries to his hand and elbow.
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.
For more information:
SIU investigating head injury