The province’s police watchdog said there’s no reason to investigate an arrest made last week that raised questions about police use of force.
Special Investigations Unit Director Ian Scott said in a release that he has terminated the investigation into an arrest made by Toronto officers after a shooting inside a barber shop on Sherbourne Street near Bloor Street East, in which one person was wounded. An onlooker provided CTV News with a videotape of the subsequent arrest that showed one officer hitting a suspect and another kicking him. The video aired on television and several web sites.
Following the shooting, two suspects attempted to flee the scene, according to the SIU. One officer arrested the driver immediately, but the passenger in a vehicle managed to drive away, the SIU said.
Shortly afterward, police found the vehicle – vacant – crashed into a utility pole.
The SIU report said police conducted a search of the surrounding area and eventually found the suspect. It was then a physical interaction ensued between the suspect and police.
At some point during the scuffle, the suspect lost consciousness for a short time, resulting in him being taken to St. Michael’s Hospital as a precaution, the report said.
The SIU obtained medical reports that revealed the man did not suffer any serious injuries.
Given the SIU’s mandate, to investigate serious injuries and deaths resulting from interactions with police, the investigation was halted.
Constable Wendy Drummond said the two suspects face firearms-related charges including attempted murder, and police also recovered a loaded gun.
With files from Sahar Fatima
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