SIU clarifies Mitchell timeline: statement from family member


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  two days ago, allegedly from Tim’s family, outlines their position on the matter.

The publisher of contacted  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

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.

Over 5,500 views were noted on youtube, CTV gave regional coverage, hundreds of shares were done on Facebook and Northern Hoot , who in our opinion, wrote an accurate and exceptional article.

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.

~Tims Family~ xo 



  1. If it were anybody else they’d be put in jail until bail trial and their names would have been released but unfortunately because they have badges they get protected… so to all you cops who are power trippin your badge is not a right it’s a privilege!!

  2. Flint this is a public statement directly from the SIU website. Story updated to include link. The family statement was taken from another media source… link also provided in the story. We are attempting to verify the validity of the statement and this was not doctored or edited in any way by saultonline.

  3. Who exactly gave that “Mitchell family statement”?

    It is, without a doubt that the officers who arrested Timmy did in fact use EXCESSIVE force, leading to more than just broken ribs. These officers should be held accountable for their actions and for further injuries my uncle is suffering from. Had these officers not used EXCESSIVE force, Timmy would not be in a coma and on life support at this time.

    I want to make it clear that the Mitchell did not contact the SIU to gain media attention. The arresting officers need to be held accountable for their actions and justice needs to be served!

    And i see now that this Mitchell family statement has been deleted….. why is that? Im going to guess that its because not one of us has made a formal statement!

  4. from what i have read still know answers for the family who are the police involved in this matter i hope the family continues to seek justice why implement so many restrictions on the family if they have nothing to hide so far SIU hasnt given any answers just a time line he didnt beat himself like that ….shame on police release there names I wouldnt want them officers to show up at my door or at a family members especially if mental illness & boose was involved….continuing to pray for tim’s family

  5. I can assure you that the family did not contact the SIU for the ‘media attention,” they begged the local media to report on this and was refused by everyone but The Northern Hoot. The rest of the local media did not cover this story until the SIU arrived in town (several days after the family contacted them). All this family wants is justice to be served and not have this travesty swept under the carpet. Timmy continues to fight for his life because of all the injuries inflicted upon him that night and his family is devastated. As a community we need to come forward and demand that our police officers not only behave in a proper manner, but are held accountable when they do not. I think that the Sault Area Hospital may also have some explaining to do in this case as they clearly released a severely injured man.

    • You should verify your facts Kenna. The family did not attempt to contact SaultOnline. We heard about this story from a friend of the family and attempted to contact a member of the family without any response other than they did not wish to comment pending an investigation. We also reached out to the Sault Police who were unable to speak with us due to the SIU investigation. The above SIU statement is a media release from their website and the Family Statement from another media source which we are attempting to verify as a result of your comments.

  6. This is upsetting to read , u should be ashamed of yourselves to write such lies and false aquisations, I’m his nephew my family doesn’t like how you doctored this up , prob here from a lawyer some time down the road.

    • Saultonline always reports fairly, accurately and fabricates nothing, James.
      You should make it your preferred news site, and tell your friends to as well. 🙂

      • Your reply, and the smiley face don’t seem entirely appropriate given the fact that the person you are replying to is dealing with what is going on here. Given that it sounds like the statement above was not a statement the entire family was aware of, I don’t think it’s a surprise that some may be upset and your cheeky reply just seems unnecessary. I had been thinking lately that I might make this my spruce for local news….now, nothe so much.

  7. About our new police Chief: I went to McDonalds on McHappy day when people from the community were working the tills. I bought my meal and he was working the drive thru window. The cash register didn’t work….and he couldn’t make change for my 20 manually, like ya know how it was done before electronic cash registers, using basic math. Just Sayin!!
    True Story.

  8. How does someone suffer these types of serious life threatening injuries without multiple people using unnecessary excessive force on them?
    It seems pretty obvious what happened, if there aren’t and cops arrested and convicted over this then I will be a firm believer that chief Keetch has failed this city and that he should resign so we can hire a police chief that captains an honest ship and doesn’t allow power tripping cops to remain employed here.
    City hall needs to have a meeting about this and come up with some clear answers as to why this was allowed to happen and deal with it accordingly.

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