(WINDSOR, ON) – In October of 2016, an incident arose between a woman and Windsor Police officers as a result of the woman refusing to vacate her room at a local shelter. Police were called on October 27 when the woman, 58, refused to leave the shelter as asked because she was violating the rules. The woman refused to leave and indicated that she would harm herself if she was evicted.
When officers arrived on scene, they advised the woman that they would take her to hospital, but she again refused to leave the shelter. After about 10 minutes, a struggle ensued as the officers attempted to remove her from the shelter. After one of the officers was injured, the woman was tased and handcuffed.
She was taken to hospital for a psychiatric assessment.
The woman complained that her elbow was painful and an x-ray and CT scan confirmed a fracture. The incident was reported to the provincial Special Investigations Unit, who assigned two investigators to probe the circumstances.
“I accept that [the officers] were justified in making an [Mental Health Act] apprehension given the Complainant’s prior and repeated statements that she intended to hurt herself if she was removed from the residence, coupled with the Complainant’s known mental health history,” SIU director Tony Loparco wrote in his report. “Accordingly, both police officers were executing their lawful duty when they were attempting to take the Complainant into custody.”
Loparco determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against either officer in relation to the elbow injury.
“The Complainant alleges that the SO, who is half her size, pulled her left arm back to the point that it broke her elbow bone,” wrote Loparco. “Given the size difference between the two women, this appears unlikely and is not corroborated by any other witness.”