Following further investigation, the Province’s Special Investigations Unit is clarifying the timeline surrounding the arrest of a 55-year-old man in Sault Ste. Marie.
Information now indicates the following:
Late in the evening on March 26th, 2016, Sault Ste. Marie Police received a 911 call.
Officers responded to a residence. There was a brief struggle with officers and a 55-year-old man was arrested for a breach of recognizance.
After the arrest, the man was taken to the Sault Area Hospital and treated.
In the early morning hours of March 27th, 2016, the man was released from the hospital and taken back into police custody.
In the afternoon of March 27th, 2016, following an appearance before a Justice of the Peace, the man was remanded into custody and transferred to the Algoma Treatment and Remand Centre.
Mid-morning on March 28th, 2016, the man was found in distress. Correctional Officers escorted the man to the Sault Area Hospital where further tests found broken bones.
Three investigators have been assigned to this incident.
The SIU is urging anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529.
A statement published by http://www.brainsyntax.com two days ago, allegedly from Tim’s family, outlines their position on the matter.
The publisher of Brainsyntax.com contacted SaultOnline.com stating that indeed the statement was made from a family member who did not want to be revealed. The publisher of the statement claims the the following is verified.
The following as published on http://www.brainsyntax.com
Its our opinion, the police officers who are responsible for taking Timmy into custody used excessive force which led to breaking three ribs.
They should be held accountable for the further damage that Timmy suffered. If they had not used excessive force in the first place, he would not have suffered the extensive injuries that took place after the fact, which led to emergency surgery, being placed in an induced coma which required life support.
At this time, he continues to fight for his life and we continue to seek justice for him. We pray for a full recovery, however, the long term prognoses may not be known for some time.
As we wait for the SIU to conclude its investigation, they were mainly used as an avenue to gain media attention.
Thanks to all and especially thanks to the Special Investigation Unit whose mandate is “to fostering public confidence in policing in the province by ensuring thorough and independent investigations that stand up to public scrutiny”.
Anyone who has been a victim of police brutality or suffered injuries as a result of mistreatment by a person whose first responsibility is to protect and serve, we highly recommend that you seek their assistance .
We could not have achieved this without them.