Ontario’s police watchdog is seeking witnesses to a 34-year-old man’s arrest at the city’s downtown transit terminal last week.
In a press release posted to the Ontario Special Investigations Unit (SIU) website, the agency said it’s investigating after Stratford police officers responded to reports of a man causing a disturbance at the Stratford Transit terminal, located in the Cooper block, at around 8: 30 pm on Feb. 1.
Officers found the man but, as they attempted to arrest him, a struggle allegedly ensued. The man was ultimately apprehended and taken to Stratford hospital for treatment of a serious injury.
The SIU has assigned two investigators and one forensic investigator to the case. Anyone who may have witnessed and/or recorded video or photos of this interaction are asked to contact the SIU’s lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529 or by visiting siu.on.ca/en/appeals.
The SIU is an independent government agency that investigates the conduct of police officers that may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault and/or the discharge of a firearm at a person. All investigations are conducted by SIU investigators, who are civilians.