The province’s police watchdog has declared there is no basis for criminal charges against an Ottawa police officer after a violent takedown and arrest last September that left a suspect with a fractured rib.
It its report, the Special Investigations Unit said Ottawa police were called for a domestic assault late in the evening of Sept. 2.
The caller indicated that a female — hurt and covered in blood — was in the hallway of a residential complex.
An officer arriving at the building reviewed security camera footage from the complex and indicated he was was familiar with the suspect.
The officer drove to a Circle K convenience store in the area of Donald Street and the Vanier Parkway, where the man was located in an alley by the store.
When told he was being arrested, the suspect attempted to flee but was quickly tackled by officers, then struck a number of times with a conducted-energy weapon in the ensuing struggle. .
The suspect was taken to a station for booking, where he complained of trouble breathing.