CKPS Officer Cleared of Wrongdoing


Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit has cleared a local police officer in connection to the arrest of a man last fall. 

In September, 2017, Chatham-Kent Police spotted a man riding a bike that was believed to have been stolen.

The officer gave chase through several backyards and over fences, and during a scuffle, the suspect was elbowed in the nose and suffered a blow to the head.

The officer discharged a taser and missed, but hit the suspect in the chest on a second attempt.

After being taken into custody, the suspect was taken to hospital, where he was diagnosed with a fracture in his left hand.

The SIU has now cleared the arresting officer, saying his actions fell within the range of what was reasonably necessary under the circumstances.