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Regional police officer cleared by SIU after man injured during traffic stop

The man fell off a motorized bicycle and broke his left elbow
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The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that a Waterloo Regional Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the broken left elbow suffered by a 31-year-old man after he fell off a motorized bicycle during a traffic stop in Kitchener last August.

On August 5, 2021, the officer attempted to stop the man for a Highway Traffic Act infraction as he was riding a modified motorized bicycle without a helmet on Markwood Drive. As the man passed the officer without stopping, the officer put out his left hand, making contact with the man’s upper body.

The man lost control of his vehicle, hit the curb and fell off the bike. He went to the hospital later that day and was diagnosed with a broken left elbow.

Director Martino said he was satisfied that the officer’s use of force was reasonable in the circumstances as he reasonably believed the man was not going to stop as directed.

The file has been closed.


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