No charges against OPS officers in case of man diagnosed with concussion after domestic violence arrest


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There are no grounds to believe an Ottawa police officer committed a crime in a January 2018 domestic assault arrest of a man who was diagnosed with a concussion a week later, the director of Ontario’s civilian police watchdog concluded in a report issued Tuesday.

The 26-year-old man complained on Dec. 19, 2019 that he was hurt when he was arrested in his Cummings Avenue apartment on a Jan. 5, 2018.

Just after 11 p.m. that night, there were 911 calls from three neighbours in the apartment complex, according to the Special Investigations Unit report on the incident. The first reported a man had pushed a woman into a unit who was then heard screaming, a second heard her screams and a man yelling “how do you like that?” and a third heard screaming and “thumps and bangs” that made her fear for the woman’s safety.

Arriving officers found the apartment door partially open, went inside and found the man on top of a woman on the couch. They told him he was under arrest and tried to handcuff him but he struggled and they took him to the floor.