SIU to investigate incident that sent male to hospital

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The Special Investigation Unit has been called in regarding a male who sustained injuries while in Police custody. SaultOnline.com learned that a male ended up in Sault Area Hospital in critical condition according to sources.

The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service issued the following release today:

As a result of an in-custody injury to an adult male the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) has been contacted and are currently investigating this matter.

The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service will not be releasing any information as the SIU has invoked their mandate.

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  1. I remember a time where EVERYONE was innocent until PROVEN guilty in a court of law, not just assumed guilty in a court of public opinion. Not saying there was no wrong doing, but not saying there was. I’m pretty sure there is more to the story than we know.

  2. SSM Police need to pull their head out of their ### and ADMIT that the injuries were sustained BEFORE he was in custody, not WHILE in custody. Disgusting to think that the people who have sworn to protect us would rather lie to save their own ass while someone dies in the hospital instead of admitting to what happened and dealing with the consequences!

  3. Coming from a military family I used to have the utmost respect for the police. Over the past several years, particularly after the despicable behaviour at the G20 respect has turned to disgust. The Constant corruption and abuses of power over the last several years since the proliferation of smartphones with cameras further solidified my disgust and distrust of the police. One has to ask themselves if this is what they are getting caught red handed doing how much stuff are they getting away with.

    The police propaganda machine will be out in full force saying what a tough, dangerous and stressful job LEOs have. I would encourage you to look at statistics, numbers don’t lie. Police in Canada are not even in the top ten of the dangerous jobs in the country. Anyone who has worked in the service industry particularly a night clerk or bouncer has to deal with all the same crap as a typical cop minus the arsenal and body armour and the gang of thugs who will drop everything and run to their aid. Oh yea forgot the 6 figure salary and gold plated pension as well, currently responsible for bankrupting some municipalities.

    Police recruitment and training as well as oversight needs to be revised, we do not live in some third world police state. This us vs. them mentality needs to be weeded out as well as the majority of cops who seem to have a hard time differentiating fantasy from reality. Police need to be reminded it is the citizens of the community they serve who are entrusting them with the powers they have and paying them.

    My prediction of how the police will once again defend their action, it’s been said ad nauseum in the press but I’ll repeat it for anyone who has been living in a cave. Our members have not been trained to deal with mental health issues, the standard get out of jail free card played every time something like this happens. Maybe instead of wasting tax dollars on militarising our police we should instead spend money on recruitment and training, employ more mental health professionals instead of cops. Any cop who likes running around with military toys can join the actual military do a few tours in the Middle East and see if they still like playing with military toys after that.

  4. Northern Hoot article

    On March 26th, 2016, the day before Easter, a young boy called 911 operators to request the assistance of Sault Ste. Marie Police. His Dad, Tim Mitchell, had been drinking and was talking about ending his own life.

    Amy-Lee Campbell, Tim’s daughter, recalled the event as described by her little brother. “My 14 year old brother, being just a young kid, got worried and called 911 –he was calling for help, and the police actually came here and almost took my Dad’s life, when my brother was trying to save him. That’s why the police were called. He didn’t harm anybody. He was talking about harming himself, probably because he was intoxicated.”

    According to Tim’s young son -one of two sons ages 14 yrs. and 13 yrs. that were in the home when the beating took place, his Dad was outnumbered. Amy-Lee hasn’t spoken with the police about the event.

    “I have not personally spoken to the cops nor do I care to,” remarked Amy-Lee with a note of controlled anger in her voice. “For me the evidence is there. It is not a he-said-she-said situation for me. He has three broken ribs, a punctured duodenum –that’s part of the stomach that leads to the intestine, that hole in the duodenum leaked feces into his abdomen. Now he is septic from that. He also had a collapsed lung. You couldn’t even recognize who he was because they punched him in the face so many times, his eyes were so swollen. I don’t need to know their reasoning for what they did. They came in his house, beat him up in front of my two brothers and didn’t even ask my brothers to leave. And he was drunk. And he’s 54 years old –he’s getting to the point where he’s more fragile. I don’t care to speak to the cops. It really doesn’t matter what they have to say.”

    Jimmy Flint is Tim’s nephew. “They couldn’t take my uncle to jail looking like that so they took him to the hospital first,” he commented. “And then they took him to jail. A nurse told us they shouldn’t have done that.”

    Tim spent two days at the Algoma Remand Centre with all of his injuries unattended. His condition worsened and on Monday, two days after the beating, Tim lay on the floor of his cell. Family members say that he thought he was going to die that day.

    Tim Mitchell, picture of the results of his police beating on Saturday, March 26th, 2016.
    Tim Mitchell, picture of the results of his police beating on Saturday, March 26th, 2016.
    “His neck was the size of a football,” stated Amy-Lee. “There was a hole in his lung and the air was blowing through his body…all that swelling is the air trapped in his body. He was just lying in the jail with a punctured lung. I just don’t know…the hospital must have not looked at the results properly.”

    Unable to breathe, the jail returned him to the hospital. As Tim was being admitted to the hospital, Amy-Lee was sitting in the Sault Ste. Marie Courthouse for her Dad’s bail hearing.

    “The Crown came out and said ‘well, I guess we won’t be bailing your Dad out today because he’s in the hospital’. And that’s how we found out. The police didn’t even have the decency to call the family or anything.”

    The Special Investigations Unit from Toronto has been dispatched to investigate Tim’s beating from Sault Ste. Marie police officers.

    “They’re investigating the whole case,” commented Amy-Lee. “One of my brothers is being questioned because he saw what happened. My uncle, Don Mitchell, has been speaking with the Special Investigation Unit and they told him there were 5 cops involved.”

    This Sunday, April 3rd, 2016, Tim took a bad turn and required emergency surgery. He has been in an induced coma and on life support for the past three days. According to Amy-Lee, Tim is stable today “for his condition”.

    “The medical staff say that they consider him septic,” she remarked. “He has low blood pressure and as a result he is not distributing the water in his body –apparently that is common because he’s trying to fight an infection. They’re waiting for a culture to come back that will determine if he’s on the right antibiotic- that will take 24 to 48 hours.”

    “He had been complaining about his stomach for three days before they gave him a CAT scan and found the leak,” added Amy-Lee of the discovery that feces had leaked into her Dad’s stomach.

    “It’s a waiting game,” commented Amy-Lee. “He has a 50/50 chance of making it. We are just sitting around and praying and hoping and going in his room and encouraging him. We’re encouraging him to fight.”

    Of his uncle’s injures Jimmy remarked, “My uncle was charged with breach of probation for drinking and resisting arrest. Anybody with a brain knows someone resisting arrest doesn’t end up in the hospital. He’s fighting for his life right now. It’s pretty sad.”

    Asked what message she wanted to send to the community Amy-Lee wept. “My Dad is a really good man. Regardless of the circumstance he did not deserve this. He’s very, very loved by his friends and family. He had fifty-five members at the hospital yesterday that were visiting because everybody wants him to pull through this.”

    With her voice breaking Amy-Lee added, “I just don’t want this happening to someone else’s family. This is so tragic. I would hate that any family would have to feel this. It’s gotta stop. This isn’t the first story I’ve heard about the Sault Ste. Marie Police and I’m from Sudbury for goodness sake.”

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    Prior to publication, the Northern Hoot reached out to Sault Ste. Marie Police several times today as well as Toronto Special Investigations. No response was received. The Sault Area Hospital declined to comment only stating:

    “As we discussed early, I cannot comment on the specifics of an individual’s care, and I would really encourage the family to connect with our patient relations department to discuss their concerns. Due to a patient’s right to privacy and confidentiality, Sault Area Hospital is unable to comment on the specific care received by an individual while in hospital. Should a patient or their caregiver have concerns regarding the care, they received while at Sault Area Hospital we encourage them to connect with our Patient Relations Department to discuss their concerns. Sault Area Hospital is committed to continuous improvement of the quality of our services for patients and their families, and we thoroughly explore all concerns. Our Patient Relations Department can be reached by calling (705) 759-3807.”

  5. Dang. Northern Hoot is still down. If he was under arrest, he would be considered to be ‘in police custody’…at home or at the jail etc. Can anyone give up cliff notes on what the Northern Hoot article said?? So interested!

  6. This case will have the same result as the poor teenaged guy in Sudbury that was thrown up against a plate glass window by a big fat cop while in custody. The glass shattered. The cop got off, of course. The investigation showed no excessive force. Really?????

  7. The poor cops will get suspended with pay for a few years while the investigation is ongoing and then be put back in the street to make the sault a better place.

    • I hope people do to the cops the same thing they did to this man .. I hope these cops die, they are scums of the earth .. Praying for the family of the victim

  8. THIS MAN LOOKS REALLY FAMILIAR TO US, BUT WE DONT KNOW FROM WHERE?? IS THERE ANY BACKGROUND ON HIM, LIKE WHERE HE WORKS DOES HE BELONG TO ANY CLUBS?

  9. Funny it says while in custody when another article states it happened in his home in front of his 2 teenagers. The injuries sustained got worse while in custody. I sure hope this wan’t an excess of power.

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