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SIU: Ottawa officer did not stomp complainant

Ontario's Special Investigations Unit determined a man most likely broke his ankle as he aggressively kicked the inside of a police cruiser.
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No charges will be laid against an Ottawa Police Service officer, previously accused of fracturing a man's ankle by stomping on it during an arrest.

Through its investigation, Ontario's Special Investigations Unit determined that did not happen.

SIU Director Tony Loparco said none of the three witnesses to the complainant's interaction with police support the allegations of excessive use of force or assaultive behaviour by police.

Officers were called to a home at 4:17 a.m. back on January 5 after reports of a break and enter.

A suspect was followed through the snow and to a different residence.

The SIU report suggests the suspect did resist arrest and had to be taken to the ground in order to be put into handcuffs.

Loparco said, once in the car, the arrested man began to aggressively kick at the door frame and the window in the cruiser.

Once en route to the police station the man began to complain of various injuries, most of which were not substantiated, and he was taken to hospital where an x-ray confirmed that he had sustained a fractured ankle. 

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